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No Quick End to Libya Strife After Haftar Derides Cease-Fire

  • Haftar’s forces call Tripoli cease-fire a ‘marketing’ gimmick
  • OPEC member’s oil output is crippled after years of civil war
Members of the self-proclaimed eastern Libyan National Army (LNA) special forces gather in the city of Benghazi, on their way to the city of Sirte, on June 18.

Members of the self-proclaimed eastern Libyan National Army (LNA) special forces gather in the city of Benghazi, on their way to the city of Sirte, on June 18.

Photographer: Abdullah Doma/AFP via Getty Images

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Prospects for an imminent end to Libya’s civil war or resumption of oil exports dimmed after forces loyal to eastern commander Khalifa Haftar scoffed at the United Nations-backed government’s announcement of a cease-fire.

Haftar’s self-styled Libyan National Army described the initiative announced Friday by the government in Tripoli as “media marketing,” though stopped short of rejecting it.