Looks like Libya is starting to get back to normal. At least a lot better than it has been since the fall of Ghaddafi. Hopefully Syria will get there too in a short period of time.
More of a show of solidarity than anything else, now Russia-backed secular-natinalist Haftar + ex-Gadaffi army fought a brutal war against alQaeda (ex-US-backed rebels) there. Just so happens to fit Syrian narrative, hence this.
Haftar is also backed by the EU, and tolerated by the US. Looks like everyone came to terms with him.
I think it's still very complicated - some EU members (Italy, France) back Haftar; while their official policy is that the entirely defunct UN recognized "Unity gov" should be backed ... and of course they all used to be the miliitary patron to the Tripoli militias ... afaik US still hasnt decided who to back.
What a mess.
Russia-backed secular-natinalist Haftar + ex-Gadaffi army fought a brutal war against alQaeda (ex-US-backed rebels) there
That's simplifying the situation, to say the least. There are some Islamists on Haftar's side, and there are some relatively secular (or at least not motivated by religion) ethnic factions on the GNC's side. And most of the GNC's Islamists are of the Sufi persuasion, not Salafi-jihadi.
True. Those in Benghazi were what you call salafi-jihadi though.
The Democratic Party of Libya is a liberal, secular, and pro-democracy party that claims to support the freedom of conscience, the separation of religion and state, minority rights, opposes al-Qaeda and other forms of Islamic extremism, and is even pro-Israel. Despite all of this, it openly supports Ansar al-Sharia and other Salafist jihadists, which it sees as the best way to achieve these goals.
That makes little difference to the larger point
Haftar is backed by the French government too.
By the way, assimilating previous NATO backed rebels to Al Qaeda is quite wrong
The LNA consist of many ex-US-backed rebels as well. Haftar himself was a high-ranking rebel commander who led the fight against Gaddafi during the 2011 war.