Libya's Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar - the Returnee

(Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs) Col. (ret.) Dr. Jacques Neriah - Libya has two governments, two armies, and has become a safe haven for jihadists of all loyalties and a conduit for arms and drug smuggling. Once a high-ranking oil-exporter, Libya has stopped all production. The troops of Field-Marshall Khalifa Haftar have subdued the whole of eastern Libya and have reached western Libya but have failed to storm the Libyan capital at Tripoli. A year after the beginning of the offensive against Tripoli, both Benghazi and Tripoli have suffered tremendous destruction. Extremist Islamic State militias are very much present in the south and west. Haftar is 77 and in frail health. He is not the endgame for Libya. The writer, a special Middle East analyst at the Jerusalem Center, was former Deputy Head for Assessment of Israeli Military Intelligence.

2020-03-03 00:00:00

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