Libya warlord backed by West and its Arab allies declares war on UN-backed government
Friday, 12 April 2019 The warlord hailed by the West and Arab autocrats as a potential unifier of Libya has just declared war on the country’s UN-backed interim leader, issuing a warrant for his arrest on “terrorism” charges as well as hammering the country’s capital with airstrikes. For years, Khalifa Haftar – a self-declared field marshal leading an army of young fighters – won the blessing of France, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia as he fought against Islamist militias in the country’s east. But he stunned many of his backers on 4 April when he launched a surprise assault on Tripoli, vowing to seize control of the city, and upending plans for peace talks this month. We’ll tell you...
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