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Libya: Eastern Camp Rides the Anti-Qatar Wave with Glencore Crackdown

The latest smear tactic between Libya’s political camps involves Islamist extremism, which by no coincidence was the theme of President Trump’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia. The “Trump effect” arguably triggered the Qatar blockade, Bahrain’s crackdown on civil society and perhaps even the timing of recent succession moves in Saudi Arabia. Recently, individuals in the eastern Libyan parliament issued a list accusing over 70 prominent Libyans of terrorism, including Tarek al-Youssef, the well-regarded head of the Brookings Institute Doha office, who has served on the board of the Central Bank of Libya.

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