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Libya: Ever the Opportunist: Jadhran’s Next Steps

Amid the political turmoil of the past year, there has been much speculation over the position and alliances of Ibrahim Jadhran, the PFG commander who led an almost yearlong militia blockade of eastern oil ports beginning in summer 2013. Jadhran has kept a low public profile since agreeing to lift the blockade as part of a deal with the internationally recognized government of Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni last year. Notably, he initially expressed his support for Khalifa Haftar’s Operation Dignity launched against Islamist militias last May, but this has not translated into practical assistance in terms of sending men or weaponry to Benghazi, where Haftar’s forces have been fighting. According to Horizon contacts, Jadhran has voiced criticism of Haftar to several interlocutors, saying he is wary of Haftar’s long-term ambitions.

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