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
Libya’s fluid alliances are likely to shift yet again following reports that Saif al-Islam Qadhafi has been released from captivity in Zintan, where he has been held since 2011. Claims that he has been or is about to be released were made several times before but this time the reports appear more credible.