Why the 'ignored war' in Libya will come to haunt a blinkered west

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Europe seems unconcerned by the chaos smouldering on its doorstep, as the five-year-old conflict becomes world’s main theatre of drone combat

The most recent ally of Khalifa Haftar, the general who has been attacking the Libyan capital Tripoli since April last year, is Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

This union was formalised last week with the opening of a “Libyan embassy” in Damascus. The alarming partnership has been forged almost completely without comment. What happens with Libya no longer seems to concern anyone. It’s as though the whole conflict has ceased to exist.

At its core, Libya’s war has been driven by the aspirations of regional powers, after its transition was hijacked by them

Related: Exclusive: 2,000 Syrian fighters deployed to Libya to support government

Tarek Megerisi is a policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations who specialises in Libyan affairs.

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