While all are distracted by the vast display of smoke and mirrors surrounding the US-Iran conflict, General Haftar is taking control of Libya–and all its oil wealth–and the Turks are still making an outsized bet on a Libyan government that everyone else has quietly abandoned. Turkey started moving troops into Libya on Sunday to support the “internationally recognized” Government of National Accord (GNA) against the forces of General Haftar. By Monday , Haftar had taken over the strategic city of Sirte, with militia forces aligned with the GNA withdrawing without much bloodshed following a series of airstrikes and then a troop advance by Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA). At this point, despite the fact that it is some 500 kilometers away from Tripoli, Sirte is the backdoor to controlling the capital. It is the boundary of the GNA’s control through various militias that like to refer to themselves as […]