Autonomous and accommodating transaction
On 6 January, a large military deployment by the Government of National Accord (GNA) GNA-affiliated ‘Kani brigade’ (also known as the GNA’s 7th Infantry Division) from Tarhouna took control of the Garabulli coastal checkpoint 40 km east of Tripoli with minimal casualties and both produced (for now) new security arrangements, with mixed local and national army jurisdictions, where the main military forces withdrew leaving in place collocated forces.
Outlining the key political groups, armed groups, and jihadists the guide also features detail maps of armed groups, centers of power and key infrastructure.
Igtet himself was present at one point, but did not speak.
On 15 October, the UN Support Mission in Libya’s (UNSMIL) new Joint Drafting Committee, composed of members of both the House of Representatives (Ho R) and the High Council of State (HCS), met for the second time in Tunis to continue negotiations on amendments to the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA).The report states that the United Arab Emirates have been providing military equipment to the LNA, in violation of the arms embargo, significantly increasing the air support available to LNA.Likewise, the report indicates that armed groups in Misrata have received support from a network of foreign pilots, mercenaries, and arms dealers, including Ecuadorians, which has allowed them to increase their capacity to launch airstrikes.If the LNA’s military control and social support for Haftar increases in western Libya, Haftar may no longer see any value in paying lip service to the UN process and could attempt to achieve his aim of taking Tripoli through force or via a series of alliances on the ground.On 25 September, presidential hopeful Basit Igtet landed in Metiga airport and led small crowds from Tajoura to Martyrs Square to demonstration against the Government of National Accord (GNA).