Skip to comments.Coup leader? CIA asset? Mystery surrounds Libya’s rogue General Haftar
Posted on 05/19/2014 12:36:50 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
Coup leader? CIA asset? Mystery surrounds Libyas rogue General Haftar
Latest update : 2014-05-19 From alleged connections to the CIA to possible plans to overthrow the government, there is a sense of mystery surrounding Khalifa Haftar, the rogue general whose forces led an attack on the Libyan parliament in Tripoli Sunday.
Tripoli has accused the former rebel commander of attempting to stage a coup when his forces, backed by warplanes, helicopters and rocket fire sent lawmakers running for their lives as they ransacked the legislature and demanded parliaments suspension.
But Haftar has sought to portray himself in a different light, as a defender of the Libyan people, intent on ridding the country of Islamic extremists and a government that supports them.
Whatever the case, what is clear is that Haftar has become a significant player amid the political chaos that continues to plague Libya three years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, with various militia leaders battling to fill the power vacuum left by the former dictators demise.
It would not be the first time he has had a hand in shaping the future of the country.
A Benghazi native, Haftar began his military career under Libyas former monarchy. In 1969, he was one of a small group of officers, led by Gaddafi, that overthrew King Idris and installed Gaddafi in power, where he would remain for the next 42 years.
Haftars turnabout from a loyal Gaddafi ally to opposition leader came almost two decades later, seemingly as a consequence of Libyas lengthy and disastrous 1978-1987 war with Chad.
In the final year of the war, Haftar and a unit of Libyan troops he was commanding were captured by Chadian forces. Gaddafi disavowed Haftar and claimed the general was not part of the Libyan army.....
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Anyone who fights the islamics and the al-queda allies SHOULD be a friend if the USA...
This guy is like the General Sisi of Libya. Americans should help him take over Libya and wipe out the islamofascists.
“....and wipe out the islamofascists.”
But there are so many of them in the dhimmicrat party who would object.
Yes, but previously, didn’t they bomb Libya for months, in order to remove a military dictator who was hard on Islamist radicals?
Kadaffy was hard on the dozens of innocent Americans he murdered on Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. He was a terrorist and the sponsor of terrorists. We were wrong to legitimize his evil dictatorship. The whole world is better off without that scum.