Libya on the brink of renewed civil war?

Libya may see another civil war. Eastern military leader General Khalifa Haftar ordered his Libyan National Army to march on capital city Tripoli in early evening of Thursday, unexpectedly.

By nightfall the troop was just within 25 miles of Tripoli while rival militia was learned racing to stop the wave. There could be possibility of renewed civil war in the key oil-producing nation.

Since the Arab Spring uprising of 2011 and fall of dictator Muammar Qaddafi in the same year people have seen power struggle.

United Nations secretary general Antonio Guterres tweeted, “I am deeply concerned by the military movement taking place in Libya and the risk of confrontation… There is no military solution. Only intra-Libyan dialogue can solve Libyan problems.”

Meanwhile, United States, United Kingdom, UAE, Italy and France have urged all parties in the country to de-escalate tensions.

Scholar of Libya at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Wolfram Lacher, said for 75-year-old Khalifa it is all or nothing and may have been sensing that his time is limited to fulfill his ambition.

Lacher added, “This is clearly a power grab, but if he fails he will suffer a devastating defeat. He will not be able to sustain his supply lines.”

Since the Arab Spring uprising of 2011 and fall of dictator Muammar Qaddafi in the same year people have seen power struggle.

Earlier this year Khalifa sought to bring order to southern Libya, but campaign for the same to take capital city could be more grueling.

However, it is very true the oil production in Libya is one of the greatest wild cards in oil market.

Paul Linus