Inside Story

Are foreign powers worsening the conflict in Libya?

Eight years after the fall of longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi, Libya is once again at risk of an all-out war.

Libya’s rival forces are intensifying their fight for control of Tripoli.

Troops loyal to the UN-backed government in the capital are trying to stop the advance of the strongman Khalifa Haftar, who began his offensive on the city two weeks ago.

At least 120 people have been killed.

The UN says the fighting is undermining international peace efforts.

But behind the scenes, some Western countries and other powers in the region have been giving support to Haftar.

So can these nations with competing interests work together to stop the violence?

Presenter: Folly Bah Thibault


Anas El Gomati – Director of the Tripoli-based Sadeq Institute

Francesco Galietti – Head of political risk consultancy Policy Sonar

Oliver Miles – Former British Ambassador to Libya