A Tale of Three Libyas

To put it mildly, circumstances on the ground in Libya are complicated. Mired in a state of conflict since former head of state Muammar Gaddafi was forced from power in 2011, Libya has become a battleground where several factions and militias have been jockeying for political and military control throughout the past six years.

On Tuesday, a glimmer of hope for peace emerged when Fayez al-Sarraj, head of the UN-backed government in Tripoli, met with Khalifa Haftar, a powerful military commander based in eastern Libya, in Abu Dhabi to discuss ways to extricate the country from its political quagmire and unify the Libyan people under one central government. During their two-hour conversation, the leaders agreed to hold new elections by March 2018 and discussed potential amendments to the UN agreement relating to the role of the Libyan National Army.

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