LIBYAPROSPECT – Editorial
The air strikes in Libya by unidentified planes raise many Libyans’ questions. Everyone is looking for real answers, Derna strikes that left dead civilians also raise questions. The army led by the retired General Khalifa Haftar announced it wasn’t responsible for the strikes. The fights in Derna are between Shura Council of Derna Mujahedeen and the Islamic State group (IS). Major conflicts also exist between the army and the Shura Council of Derna Mujahedeen, which double raise the questions. The army is experiencing divisions, latest was by Colonel Mohamed Al-Hejazi, who accused Haftar and the army of corruption and committing anti-human crimes in Benghazi, this also raises questions.
Of the strong questions, who helps the IS in Libya? Who fights it on the ground if there is who strikes it from the air? Why forces, weapons and ammunition are crowded in Al-Marj, where the army leadership headquarters lies, while fight axis in Benghazi suffer from poor resources? Who kicked the group out of Derna? Why who claims to fight terrorism doesn’t ally with the IS enemies in Derna?
The biggest question in the Libyans’ minds is; why didn’t the national army strike in Sirta and Al-Nouflia and other sites, where the IS is positioned rather than Derna and Tripoli?
Others also wonder about the secret behind alliance of Salafist groups and the army; how can Salafist battalions, youth forces and tribal forces be called army? Aren’t regional tribes and ideologies the same? Don’t the shamed militias include officers like those who are called national army? Why is military determination late in Benghazi for more than a year and a half? While final liberation was announced more than 6 times by its general commander, Haftar?
How can there be a difference between Libya Dawn forces, recognized by the rescue government in Tripoli, recognized by the General National Congress (GNC); and Dignity Operation forces, recognized by the House of Representatives (HoR), after holding military operation, while wasn’t granted legitimacy from the beginning?
Strikes over Derna, the unidentified planes that flew in Al-Nouflia skies, where the IS in Sirte is near, and Al-Kufra events that turned to have foreign players involved from Sudan and Chad; all these events are going on synchronal with waiting the Government of National Accord (GNA), this also raises questions.
Does setting on the table of the GNA with the previous actors mean they are convinced that they were wrong? Or is it a declaration of inability to solely control all the Libyan lands?
Before that, who benefits from killing officers in Benghazi? Is it one actor? Or the benefit is divided on all shareholders? Who has more power; the chief of staff or the general commander of the army? Why is this commending to Haftar and ignoring the owner of hypothetical power over him; chief of staff? Who is under the other inside the chain of command; chief of staff is subordinate to the general commander or the other way around? Why didn’t we hear about intervention of sons of the chief of staff, Abdulrazek Al-Nadhoury, in the army affairs? While one of Haftar’s sons name always mentioned? Why weren’t officers of high ranks assigned to provide the army with weapons while it was allowed to Haftar’s sons?
Too many questions arouse the mind. Libyans absorb what unbalanced media exports to them.
On the other hand, is the true leader army of the General National Congress (GNC) the retired colonel and former rebel leader during liberation war; Salah Badi? Or is he the chief of the GNC, Nuri Abusahmain?
Does the GNC really meet? Or what the second deputy chief, Saleh Al-Makhzoum, said was right, after he supported the GNA and fled Tripoli to Turkey with other consensus supporters?
And in Tobruk, is the HoR controlled too by regional tribes and militias? Does the Interim Government in Al-Baida work free of pressures?
For Al-Kufra crisis, is what going on there a consequence of the tribal conflict over power between Al-Zwaya and Tabu tribes? Will Tabu use the help of their relatives in North Sudan and Chad? Does this help mean that Libyan borders are abused? Are all who fight Al- Zwaya non-Libyans? or Libyan Tabus are among them?
Some wonder, can accusations by Sudanese and Chadian regimes about violations in Libya by opposition movements believed? Who are the armed groups that were attacked by forces that call itself the Salafist battalion and battalion for troops? Are these forces really a national army, tribal militias, or ideological militias? Considering that they are affiliated to Haftar?