The Debate

Escalation in Libya: From civil war to regional conflict?

By: François PICARD Follow | Alessandro XENOS | Juliette LAURAIN
46 min

Could Libya's civil war become a regional conflict? Turkey, with the backing of Algeria, is deploying military advisors to Tripoli to support the internationally recognised government of Fayez al-Sarraj. Is Ankara going all in?


Meanwhile, Muammar Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte has just fallen into the hands of eastern-based strongman Khalifa Haftar, who has the backing of Egypt, the UAE and Russian mercenaries.

We ask about the role of France - accused of backing Haftar - and former colonial power Italy which are part of a diplomatic flurry that has got foreign ministers opposed to Turkey's moves in the Mediterranean meeting on Wednesday in Cairo. It has all the trimmings of a proxy war that comes on top of a humanitarian crisis. Can cooler heads prevail, or will it spin out of control and draw in players from the region and beyond?

Produced by Alessandro Xenos, Juliette LAURAIN and Jimena Morales-Velasco.

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