*The writer is a deputy researcher at TRT World Research Centre based in Istanbul, Turkey.


Libya’s internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) forces advanced [1] on Tarhouna, a vital support base for warlord Khalifa Haftar and his last stronghold in the area surrounding Tripoli. The advance comes days after UN-backed troops’ retaking [2] of strategic cities in the west of Tripoli, including Sabratha, Surman and al-Ajaylat, which were key towns that served as a base for forces loyal to warlord Haftar.

After being removed from the west of Tripoli, Haftar’s militias turned their rage [3] on civilians in

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