Posts tagged Ghassan Salame
GNA Retaliates Against UN SRSG after UNSC Briefing

Ghassan Salame, the SRSG and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), was once the political protector of the Government of National Accord. Today, he finds himself the target of the loosely held coalition. Libya Desk investigates the motives behind the GNA’s rejection of their saviour.

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The UN-recognised GNA and its Unholy Alliances

Libya Desk wants to bringing urgent notice to an issue that is being grossly overlooked by national and international observers alike. In spite of its “peaceful state” being advertised by foreign actors to the rest of Libya and the world, western Libya is a geography where the strong rule over the weak and where militias have institutionalised corruption schemes.

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Analysis: What went wrong in Libya

The recent days have seen a dramatic escalation of violence in Libya. Unfortunately, the majority of risks threatening the Libyan political solution forecasted by Libya Desk in our first Political Risk Dossier have been realised. In the uncertain aftermath of Khalifa Haftar’s offensive, we review the main predictions from the first Political Risk Dossier.

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US, Haftar and the Chronic Case of Fake News in Libya

Information has been circulating on social media since Thursday, April 4th regarding the United States’ position towards the Libyan National Army operation to seize Tripoli named “Flood of Dignity” and orchestrated by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar. A reliable US government source familiar with the matter spoke to Libya Desk to clarify what the US has said to Haftar on April 4th and on April 5th.

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Political Risk Dossier, Issue #1 - Summary
  • Libyan National Army (LNA) has a reinforced military structure and newly gained territory; Khalifa Haftar positions his troops in the country’s centre in preparation for a Sirte offensive, with eyes set on Tripoli

  • Libya Desk anticipates the take over of Sirte by Haftar before Ramadan this May, peacefully entering Tripoli with assistance from two of the four major militias controlling it (pp. 3-4)

  • Major changes expected to take place at the National Oil Corporation (NOC) following allegations of conflict of interest against Mustafa Sanalla. The incoming Chief plans to carry out a full review (p. 4)

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