While there was no outright outbreak of conflict on the 17th, it was still full of rhetoric and included an incident of violence that may undermine recent progress.

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You can hear the interview, which begins at the minute mark, by clicking here.

has published an article by Issandr El Amrani discussing Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar recent dismissal of the UN backed Accord.

As such, they may live to fight another day and rejoin other al-Qaida linked groups.

The threat that ASL directly poses may be significantly reduced in the short term, but while chaos and insecurity still reign throughout Libya, it may not take the group, or others similar to it, long to rebuild a support base.

They see the political process as the only path to the stability and the unity of their country.

Thus, I urge all parties to heed their voices and refrain from any actions that could undermine the political process”The day concluded with Misrata’s municipal mayor Mohammed Eshtewi being fatally shot after he left the Misrata airport when returning from Turkey.

Smith and Pack argue that in Libya, al-Qaida-linked groups have done a better job than their ISIS-linked counterparts at staying rooted to local concerns, local actors, and evolving country dynamics, and that this has allowed them to mimic and replicate local and traditional power structures.

The authors state: “Globally, al-Qaida has survived so long despite its defeats and setbacks because it has learnt from past failures and adapted.

Interestingly he endorsed ‘elections’ as the only legitimate expression of the Libyan people’s will governing future politics, stating:“I have also heard from Libyans, across the country, that they are fed up with violence and living in fear.

They hope for a political solution, for reconciliation and for harmony.

El Amrani explores a series of critical questions following Haftar’s declaration and asks “how long Haftar can continue to challenge, without any consequences, the international consensus that a political solution to the Libyan conflict must be found.” In the article El Amrani suggests that there is a need for a clear unified response from the international community: The potential for a new escalation from various camps has increased, not least because Haftar’s declaration has added fuel to Libya’s slow-burning fires.