Libya: Is a political solution possible?

On April 4 last year, the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalifa Haftar ordered his troops to advance on Tripoli and “liberate it from terrorists.” These orders came ahead of a planned UN conference scheduled for later that month that was intended to bring opposing factions to the negotiating table and avert a military showdown. A blitz that should have taken two days has lasted 10 months, despite every imaginable effort to contain the crisis while avoiding a military solution....

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