ISIS Sabotages Libyan Oil Terminals Presaging Further Expansion
As the GNA struggles to form a government, relocate to Tripoli and even obtain HoR approval, IS looks intent on capitalising on the power vacuum. Unfortunately, the weakness of the GNA’s presidency council and its PM, in contrast to the high-visibility of the actions taken by the UN envoy, are sending very negative signals about the actual content of sovereignty and legitimacy in the new government. However many moderate and sensible Libyans support the GNA it still has the optic of being an ineffectual Western implant. This optic plus the intractable disagreements about Haftar’s role and the location of any GNA continues to undermine and render ineffective the already fragile political agreement. Only a bold act of leadership by the main militia leaders and political factions to put aside their petty grievances and work together against ISIS can save Libya from falling further into the abyss.