Tag: Khalifa Haftar

Before the conference started, French President Emmanuel Macron met Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj at the Elysee Palace in Paris

Libyan Factions Tentatively Agree to Hold National Elections in December

Representatives of the warring factions that control portions of chaotic Libya tentatively agreed to hold national elections on December 10 during a conference in Paris on Tuesday. They also resolved to make progress toward drafting a constitution by September.

General Khalifa Haftar, commander in the Libyan National Army (LNA), arrives to attend a meeting for talks over a political deal to help end Libyas crisis in La Celle-Saint-Cloud near Paris, France, July 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / PHILIPPE WOJAZER (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE WOJAZER/AFP/Getty Images)

Anti-Jihadist Libyan General Haftar Returns Following Rumors of His Death

Gen. Khalifa Haftar, a military strongman who leads an army that controls most of eastern Libya, returned to his seat of power in the war-ravaged African country following rumors that he was dead this week as he received medical treatment in Paris for about 20 days.

General Khalifa Haftar, commander in the Libyan National Army (LNA), arrives to attend a meeting for talks over a political deal to help end Libyas crisis in La Celle-Saint-Cloud near Paris, France, July 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / PHILIPPE WOJAZER (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE WOJAZER/AFP/Getty Images)

Confusion in Libya as Anti-Jihadist Strongman’s Health a Mystery

The potential absence of former Gen. Khalifa Haftar, a military strongman who leads the prominent Libyan National Army (LNA), could create a power vacuum and fuel the chaotic conditions that have allowed jihadist groups to remain active in the North African country, according to several experts.

A Libyan rebel volunteer near the wealthy oil town of Ras Lanuf, looking for ammunition amongst abandoned ammo crates Coalition military intervention, Libya - 2011 Gaddafi's forces have been on forced retreat since saturday night due to repeated attacks from NATO airstrikes. (Rex Features via AP Images)

Libya: ‘Islamic Militants’ Seize Major Oil Ports, Call for Conquest of Benghazi

A militia the Associated Press identifies as a coalition of “Islamic militants and former rebels” has seized two major oil ports in Libya and threatened to take the nation’s second-largest city, Benghazi, out of the hands of the secular, internationally-recognized government’s allied military force.

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Islamic State Vows Revenge After Losing Key Stronghold City in Libya

As both secular and Islamic actors continue to stake their claims and fight for territory over war-torn Libya, Islamic State fighters have admitted to losing control of Derna, which was once identified as one of its stronghold cities, according to an AFP report.