Military convoys in Libya: Field movements with political messages

The scene of military convoys moving in the Libyan regions “to and fro” has become a familiar and recurring scene, especially in recent times with the escalation of field tension on the ground and talk about reshaping the political reality with alliances that may witness the end of armed formations rivalry to establish their influence on the ground, to increase military movements dramatically as the political scene heated up.

The movements of heavily armed convoys, which often deliberately pass through the most densely populated streets and neighborhoods, and reposition themselves in camps in the center of the capital or its surroundings, come as a kind of display of strength and send firm messages with the ability to effect field change in the event of bypassing or marginalizing their roles, in addition to its constant consideration in any settlement that requires political bodies to exercise its governmental tasks from the capital.

A move that has emerged remarkably recently with the intensification of tension between the heads of the two competing governments, Dabaiba and Bashagha, and the attempt to extend control, even partially, to the capital, Tripoli, where armed formations loyal to the two sides exchanged their operational strength with heavily armed convoys in the framework of a show of force, or distribution and redeployment, and despite the dependence of all these formations on government, their movements are directly subject to their commanders, who are nominally linked with state agencies.

Despite the big number of these factions, the huge capacity of their equipment, and their reliance mostly on societal and tribal dignitaries, the security situation has not improved. Rather, organized crime groups and extremist organizations have exploited the spaces between the areas of influence to enhance their presence and spread without the ability to respond to them effectively as a result of the lack of coordination or avoiding confrontation with them.

In order to preserve the intersecting reconciliation with each other, for the citizen to pay the heavy bill for the fragmentation of the security situation that makes him, next to the public and private state facilities, vulnerable to the stray and uncontrolled bullets that accompany the parades of these armed factions and their frantic movements in the midst of civilian neighborhoods.

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