Sarraj and Haftar issued a joint statement calling for new elections and a ceasefire. UN are on board. Haftar gains some legitimacy. Italy sore, others silent.
Fighting continues in eastern Libya, also now in Tripoli. Russia’s involvement. Other foreign intervention.
Reactions to the IS murder of a French priest. A war of religions? No says the Pope, yes says IS.
In Libya the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) headed by Fayiz al-Sarraj is gradually establishing itself, but still needs support from the Tobruk-based house of representatives. Western support needs to be discreet. Some military success against extremists.
An IS attack across the Libya/Tunisia border seems to have been a bid for an IS emirate in North Africa. It was defeated, but could increased pressure for intervention..
UN-led negotiations for a unity government in Libya at last produce a deal: Libyans sign up for a unity government, but can the momentum be sustained? Plans for military support from US and Europe – are they premature?