In Libya, the tension is rising as the putschist Gen. Khalifa Haftar continues to threaten the country’s internationally recognized government, the Government of National Accord (GNA). As a counter-move last Thursday, Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj’s GNA demanded Haftar’s forces withdraw from Sirte and Jufra provinces as a precondition for talks.
Turkey is the key player here. With Ankara’s help, GNA forces have gained position and reversed a 14-month offensive on capital Tripoli by Haftar’s men. Haftar is backed by Egypt as well as by Russia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Not only them but also France supported the warlord. It is actually his international support which keeps him still as a player in Libya. However, his power is diminishing with Turkey continuously helping the U.N.-backed GNA.
Now with Egypt’s leader Abdel Fattah el-Sissi threatening to intervene if Sarraj does not back off from the coastal areas the civil war seems to get even tenser.