Understanding Egypt’s Strategy in Libya

Source: Arab Center Washington DC

Author(s): Khalil al-Anani

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On June 20, Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi threatened direct military intervention in Libya if the forces of the United Nations-supported Government of National Accord (GNA), led by Fayez al-Sarraj, advanced toward the city of Sirte and the military base of al-Jufra. In fact, GNA forces reached the outskirts of the city on June 11 where military operations stopped amid confusion regarding future moves. Sisi considered the north-south Sirte-Jufra axis a red line that should not be crossed by the GNA and its backer, Turkey. It was the first time Sisi made such threats publicly, which raises the questions: to what extent can such threats be realized and implemented? What are the implications of Egypt’s military involvement in Libya for regional stability?

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