Frederic Wehrey is a senior fellow in the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His essays and reporting on Libya have appeared in The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, The New York Times, TIME magazine, The Atlantic, the London Review of Books, and other publications. He is the author of “The Burning Shores: Inside the Battle for the New Libya” (2018). A former U.S. military officer, he holds a doctorate in international relations from Oxford University.
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For one militia commander, a battlefield defeat was payback to the aspiring Libyan strongman Gen. Khalifa Haftar. But it also illustrates in stark clarity how the Middle East’s proxy wars and ideological rivalries have spilled across borders, ensnaring both the innocent and not so innocent.