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Libyan Military Splinters as Rivals Prepare for Civil War

•, by Jason Ditz

The weekend takeover of Libyas parliament by the leader of the self-proclaimed Libyan National Army and its head Gen. Khalifa Hifter has made an unstable situation much worse, and has the nations countless armed factions picking sides for what is shaping up to be a full-scale civil war.Though Gen. Hifters Army is itself just another "irregular force," parts of Libyas actual military are rushing to his side, including the Special Forces, which endorsed Hifters "Operation Dignity" against Islamist MPs.

Libyas Army Chief of Staff, which remains loyal to the government, appears to know it cant win the fight alone, and has issued a call for the Islamist dominated militias to come to Tripoli to fight by their side to restore the power of Prime Minister Malteeq, whose government was in power for only a few hours before the coup.

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