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UAE and Tripoli-Benghazi oil standoff

The UAE’s support has done much to make Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) by far the most powerful military force in Libya. Even so, the LNA is not strong enough to conquer the western half of the country, including Tripoli, in a definitive civil war. The LNA’s lack of economic independence has weakened the militia politically. Despite its control over the most productive hydrocarbons assets, oil revenues flow into the Tripoli-based Central Bank of Libya (CBL), which is under the control of its rivals.

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