Haftar, denied immunity, loses lead US war crimes trial lawyer
Lawyer Duncan Levin withdrew from the case just after the State Department declined to grant diplomatic immunity to Khalifa Haftar, the strongman of eastern Libya.
The rapprochement that Italy is seeking to engineer between General Haftar and Ahmed Miitig is economically as well as diplomatically motivated and has already resulted in the release of Italian fishermen detained by the strongman of the east.
With all of its attention taken up by the war against Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army, Fayez Sarraj's Government of National Accord is struggling to profit from the many African projects launched by Muammar Gaddafi's money man Bashir Saleh.
Fayez Sarraj hopes to use the lack of any political agreement on Libya's future to keep his job. He is seeking to shore up his position by bringing national financial institutions under his sway, with the help of National Oil Corp boss Mustafa Sanalla.
Armed forces from the west and east of Libya are due to set out the modalities of the permanent ceasefire agreed in Geneva on 23 October. But the devil is in the details and neither side is keen to withdraw from the Sirte-Jufra axis.
UNSMIL has succeeded in getting new crisis exit negotiations under way on the back of the ceasefire negotiated between eastern strong man Haftar and the city of Misrata. The question of how to demilitarise Syrte and Jufra axis has still to be resolved, however.
The advances made by General Khalifa Haftar's forces on the Tripoli front have made the Misrati faction in Fayez Sarraj's government of national accord (GNA) nervous. Misrati businessmen, politicians and military commanders have started to drop their allies in the [.