While there has been considerable - and understandable – international media scrutiny of the advance of General Khalifa Haftar, along with his international backers, an underreported, yet pivotal, aspect of current Libyan imbroglio is the role played by extremist militias in the capital, Tripoli, and west of the country.

These groups, operating largely outside the authority and control of the UN-backed government, have been aided in their cause by their own international backers, notably Qata...

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