General Khalifa Haftar’s eastern-based, self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) on 11 February took control of the shut-in 315,000 b/d El Sharara field, giving him another large chunk of the country’s oil and gas infrastructure.

Mr Haftar’s strategy of courting support by promising security appears to be paying off. Since announcing southern operation to “secure” key infrastructure in the south and clear the area of “terrorists” (MEES, 18 January), the LNA has taken control of strategic locations and military sites in and around the southern city of Sebha, largely through peaceful agreements with local tribes and groups. (CONTINUED - 299 WORDS)