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As Operation Irini starts, the question is who will benefit?

3rd April 2020 - 17:30 GMT | by Richard Thomas in London

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The EU’s new maritime security mission, created to aid enforcing the UN arms embargo on Libya, officially stood up this week as the bloc shifts its focus to efforts prevent the trafficking of weapons into the crisis-hit North African state.

Libya has been wracked by civil war since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, with multiple factions seeking political claims in the years since. Two main blocs are currently vying for power, the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli and the Gen Khalifa Haftar-led LNA (Libyan National Army) faction.

Interestingly, two EU member states find themselves on

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