S.M. Carlson, War On The Rocks: The Libyan Mess Will Get Worse If Outside Powers Don't Cooperate
Libya is a mess and the internal fighting between the three warring governments and their respective militia forces is once again escalating. One of the drivers of the worsening violence is the disjointed outside support to the three different bodies that claim to be the legitimate government of Libya. That Russia has recently sought a greater role in Libya has destabilized an already fraught situation. Any resolution to the Libyan civil war now cannot ignore Russia’s interests. And given the recent U.S. cruise missile strike on a Syrian airbase, tensions between Moscow and Washington could make compromise over Libya even more difficult than it might have been before. Or, if Washington and Moscow are both eager enough to put the strike in Syria behind them, Libya could be a test case for the renewed U.S.-Russian cooperation and collaboration that President Donald Trump once championed.
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WNU Editor: I do not see any cooperation from the international community when it comes to Libya. And as for the U.S. and Europe .... there is a minimal presence but also an awareness that Libya is one big quagmire. But the Russians are getting involved .... U.S. Alarmed By The Growing Russian Presence In Libya (March 27, 2017).
Update: Libya's civil war is now spreading to the south of the country .... Libyan Prime Minister reprimands intl community for allowing military violence in Libya’s south (Libyan Express).