Too many players engaged on both sides in Libya’s civil war to assume that Khalifa Haftar will emerge victorious. America is the wild card.
Haftar’s military operation to take Tripoli seems to have failed. His foreign supporters. Need for an international conference and a political solution.
Haftar’s LNA remains stuck around Tripoli. More bloodshed, but not comparable with true civil war. International community ineffective.
A stunt by a Bahraini protester against the recent executions raises important questions.
Editor’s note: Arab Digest is taking a couple of weeks’ summer break. We will resume publication after the Eid al-Adha holiday, probably 15 August.further work on the 17 July agreement delayed by killings including four schoolchildren – now resuming. Since agreement was reached on 17 July between the Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the civilian protesters represented by the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) (our posting of 18 July) it has been shaken by events but not, it appears, knocked off course. A Reuters report of 30 July summarises …
More on the UAE drawdown from Yemen, and UAE objectives and policy.
Libya – deaths since April pass 1,000. France admits involvement with Haftar’s forces.
Importance of poetry in the Arab world, including the poetry of abuse. Social media and hate speech.
Libya – stalemate, but a success by the Tripoli forces provokes action by Haftar which could amount to a war crime. More evidence that the UAE and Turkey are involved in a proxy war. US no policy.
Tunisia – President Essebsi survives a health crisis. Jihadi attacks. Economic problems breed discontent.