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The West’s message to Libyans: Whoever controls the oil controls the country

by Mohannad Obeid, Al-Akhbar English

The new Sykes-Picot speaks only the language of interests and wealth. The time has come to divide the wealth of Libya, which has the largest oil reserves in Africa and produces the most precious, high-quality crude in the world. After four years that saw many battles between Operation Dignity and Operation Libya Dawn, no side has prevailed or dominated yet. But the world may not wait much longer; it is time to take advantage of this wealth, and indeed, mega oil corporations are preparing to set sail to Libya’s oil-rich shores. NATO is aware that sending forces to Libya to fight militias, radical groups, and armed tribes would be a misadventure. So plan B is to now give an opportunity with a set timetable to the Libyan belligerents according to the following equation: He who controls oil shall control Libya.

Battles are raging on the Libyan battlefield. Fighting intensified in the past weeks between Major General Khalifa Haftar’s Operation Dignity and Islamist-led Operation Libya Dawn. Continue reading The West’s message to Libyans: Whoever controls the oil controls the country