In Sirte, the BM forces finally declared victory against IS forces on 5 December, following heavy fighting and US airstrikes, and on 6 December they said they were securing the last few buildings in the area.

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UN envoy to Libya continues his efforts to get the LPA accepted by the HoR before the 17 December deadline, however says that certain points such as controversial article 8, which would prevent Haftar from controlling the LNA, may be re-negotiated

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Clashes between Islamist militias allied with the Mufti and nominally pro-GNA militias broke out in Tripoli last week, killing 8 people in locations across the city. A ceasefire is now in place but tensions remain high. In Benghazi, 9 LNA fighters were killed as the LNA attempts to cut off jihadi fighters in Ganfuda.

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Clashes in Libya indicate that the GNA is unable to control its own capital, further weakening its support in western Libya and hence its negotiating position. However, the declaration of BM forces’ victory against ISIS in Sirte could give the GNA a temporary boost in popularity given BM is nominally controlled by the GNA.

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