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Escalating conflict drives new attempts to sell eastern oil

Almost a year after the last attempt to establish autonomous crude oil sales, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, via the Cyrenaica-based rival management of National Oil Corporation (NOC-East), is again trying to negotiate deals with buyers from the United Arab Emirates. The United Nations and its international backers are mobilising against the threat, which if realised could result in both the total shutdown of oil production and a catastrophic partition of the country.

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