North Africa

Will Libya cheer up Erdogan?

Ill-calculated moves by rebel commander Khalifa Hifter have played into the hands of Turkey and its allies in the Libyan conflict, leading to the fall of a strategic air base in al-Wattiya; however, the situation is still volatile, and it is early to declare a victory.

Fehim Tastekin | Libya conflict | May 18, 2020
al-monitor Smoke fumes rise above buildings in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, during reported shelling by strongman Khalifa Hifter's forces, on May 9, 2020. Photo by MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP via Getty Images.

Turkey’s intervention in Libya turns tide to Erdogan’s advantage, for now

Ankara has thrown in its lot with the Government of National Accord for reasons that have more to do with its own interests than Libya’s.

Semih Idiz | Libya conflict | May 15, 2020

Is Russia pulling support from Libyan strongman Hifter?

While Russia doesn't want to see Khalifa Hifter’s self-styled Libyan National Army collapse, there are signs Moscow’s interests may align more closely with other figures in the country’s eastern government.

Kirill Semenov | Libya conflict | May 13, 2020

Intel: US plans anti-ship missile sale for Morocco

Congress was notified today of US plans for a $62 million sale of anti-ship missiles for Morocco that would be launched from F-16 aircraft.

Al-Monitor Staff | Defense/Security cooperation | Apr 14, 2020

Swift government measures will not save jobs, businesses in Tunisia

The Tunisian government has announced a series of measures to ease the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak, but some are not optimistic about the benefits for small businesses and the tourism sector.

Elizia Volkmann | Coronavirus | Mar 30, 2020