Much of Libya has for years been dominated by armed forces that control territory and vie for position while formally acting as paid elements of state security, their presence strikingly apparent during a recent Reuters visit. Any prolonged clashes among the different factions in Tripoli could spill over into a wider conflict drawing in forces from across Libya in a new phase of war that would hit civilians hardest. Dbeibah still appears to have the support of most of the main armed forces in the capital, but some back Bashagha. "Because there's no political outlet for discussion and no political process, it makes clashes more likely," said Emadeddin Badi of the Atlantic Council. When Bashagha tried to enter Tripoli last month, clashes broke out between rival groups, forcing him to quit the city.
Source: Libya Today June 22, 2022 20:18 UTC