Libya and its three Competing Power Centers

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The recent appointment of General Khalifa Haftar as top military commander is an indication that many Libyans are looking to unify their efforts against the Islamists. This appointment is also an effort to form a more solid block against the fast advances of the Islamic State. Indeed, the Islamic State organization managed to build a strong presence in Sirte, spreading fear across Western Libya, in particular Misrata over a pending expansion of the militant organization. Sirte is only 220 kilometers from Misrata and just about 400 km from Tripoli.

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