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The Islamist-affiliated Libya Dawn faction has seen within it the emergence of a Steadfastness Front that rejects the idea of negotiations with what it considers to be an existential enemy: the militias of Zintan and the former General Khalifa Haftar's Operation Dignity. Although the Steadfastness Front consists mainly of Islamist sympathizers, it does not comprise all Islamist militias or Islamist-affiliated political parties in Libya. Leading intellectual and Islamic thinker Ali Sallabi, some Islamist ex-GNC representatives, and the former Libyan Islamic Fighting Group leader Abdel-Hakim Belhadj, among others, constitute an influential group whose members – while sympathetic to some of the positions of the Steadfastness Front – see more use in negotiating particularly disadvantageous parts of the Skhirat agreement rather than rejecting the process completely.With a proper understanding of the mercurial, intricate nature of political coalitions and individual political actors in Libya, a few considerations emerge:First, forces exist on either side who see their future only in military success.
Libya must make a decision, or the alternatives are very worrisome
Daesh is only exploiting Libya’s feuds
Libyans won’t accept backdoor dealings
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