Libya: Joint Action Pushes Back IS, But Unity Far From Complete

A new joint operations room has made significant inroads into IS territory in Libya in recent weeks. The Presidency Council is making efforts to establish a new government in Tripoli, but faces both a legitimacy challenge and the continued opposition of Libyan National Army leader Khalifa Haftar.

For once in Libya, not all the news is bad. In recent weeks, Islamic State (IS) has suffered a series of reverses that have seen the area under its control significantly reduced; Tobruk’s Hariga oil export terminal has re-opened after an oil marketing dispute forced its closure in May; and a deal has been reached to resolve the long-running split in the National Oil Corporation (NOC).

The Presidency Council, which heads the Libyan government under the 17 December Libyan Political Agreement (LPA), has gained the support of some militias and even taken at least nominal control of a few ministries. (CONTINUED - 2345 WORDS)