Eastern-based General Khalifa Haftar’s operation to ‘liberate’ Tripoli is in its third week (MEES, 12 April), but Libya’s aspiring ruler has little to show for it– his Libyan National Army (LNA) has been pushed back several kms from the outskirts of the capital.

But the situation remains fluid and heavy fighting is raging on. The battle for Tripoli has so far killed at least 264 according to the World Health Organization, with an upsurge in the use of airpower...