Libya: Young fighters on the front against Haftar in the Battle of Tripoli

Strongman Khalifa Haftar’s offensive on the Libyan capital has seen a generation of inexperienced, and largely ignored youngsters rise up in defence of their city. Haftar’s April offensive on Tripoli is bogged down and in trouble. His Libyan National Army (LNA) suffered a major setback on 27 June with the loss of Gharyan, a strategic city about 100km south of the capital. Holding off against … Continuer de lire Libya: Young fighters on the front against Haftar in the Battle of Tripoli

Libya: the proof will be in the pudding

by Hervé Pugi. Hard-fought by the UN Mission in Libya, the Government of National Accord (GNA) remains, according to all, in a very fragile and worrying condition. In Tripoli, where it finally took its quarters after hard negotiations with local authorities, unpopular Fayez al-Sarraj is scrutinized with disbelief. In a capital where good living has long been gone and where some areas see their residents demonstrate … Continuer de lire Libya: the proof will be in the pudding

Libya: a race against time

par Hervé Pugi. While western powers attempt to fight evil in Iraq and Syria with bombs, the Daesh cancer is spreading to Libya. And although still contained, this terrorist tumour calls urgently for an appropriate remedy before the country wastes away further. we’ve gone to meet young libyans. « It’s obviously getting worse. Daesh is gaining people as well as power. » These are just some of … Continuer de lire Libya: a race against time

Mokhtar Belmokhtar: One-eyed man with a vision

by Hervé Pugi. Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a Jihadist turned into a (quasi) legend by… his adversaries. Reported dead many times, Washington has put a 5 million dollar price on his head, and he is in the IS line of fire. All the more glory for someone who « dreams of only one thing: to die a martyr ». No doubt about it, Mokhtar Belmokhtar is hard to catch. … Continuer de lire Mokhtar Belmokhtar: One-eyed man with a vision

The UN and the ICC must speak with one voice

by Hervé Pugi. Too often considered as the strong arm of the Security Council, the International Criminal Court (ICC) actually works without a special mandate from the United Nations (UN).  This state of affairs was established by an agreement made on October 4th, 2004 regulating institutional relations between these two entities. In reality the court seems to be a kind of hostage (or willing victim) … Continuer de lire The UN and the ICC must speak with one voice