Libyan Faction Leader Haftar Travels to Moscow, Asks for Military Aid | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Libyan Faction Leader Haftar Travels to Moscow, Asks for Military Aid

Haftar is backed by Egypt and United Arab Emirates. His rivals are backed by NATO, Qatar and Turkey... Prominent Libyan military commander General Khalifa Haftar, who represents one of the major forces in the fractured country, has visited Moscow. He met top Russian officials, including the foreign and defense ministers. Haftar is a powerful and largely independent figure in the ongoing civil conflict in the country. The veteran Libyan general, who lived for two decades in the United States, played a major role in toppling Muammar Gaddafi’s government in 2011. At the moment, two factions claiming to be country’s national government are operating in Libya – one is based in Tripoli and the other in Tobruk in the east. Meanwhile, multiple independent and partly independent militias, as well as outright terrorist groups, including Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) are also vying for power in the war-torn country. Since 2014, Haftar has commanded the self-styled National Libyan Army, backing the government based in Tobruk and controlling large territories in the east and south of Libya. Despite disagreements with the UN-recognized Tripoli government, Haftar’s resolve to fight terrorism has won him the support of a number of countries, primarily Egypt...

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