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Coup leader? CIA asset? Mystery surrounds Libya’s rogue General Haftar
France 24 ^

Posted on 05/19/2014 12:36:50 PM PDT by Sub-Driver

Coup leader? CIA asset? Mystery surrounds Libya’s 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 parliament’s 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 dictator’s 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 Libya’s 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.

Haftar’s turnabout from a loyal Gaddafi ally to opposition leader came almost two decades later, seemingly as a consequence of Libya’s 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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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: generalhaftar; libya
Hate to be a conspiracy theorist but someone has stumbled into a piece of the Benghazi puzzle...........
1 posted on 05/19/2014 12:36:50 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

bttt


2 posted on 05/19/2014 12:38:04 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Anyone who fights the islamics and the al-queda allies SHOULD be a friend if the USA...


3 posted on 05/19/2014 1:47:08 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Sub-Driver

This guy is like the General Sisi of Libya. Americans should help him take over Libya and wipe out the islamofascists.


4 posted on 05/19/2014 2:00:25 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

“....and wipe out the islamofascists.”

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But there are so many of them in the dhimmicrat party who would object.


5 posted on 05/19/2014 2:49:53 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Yes, but previously, didn’t they bomb Libya for months, in order to remove a military dictator who was hard on Islamist radicals?


6 posted on 05/19/2014 4:13:37 PM PDT by BlackVeil ('The past is never dead. It's not even past.' William Faulkner)
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To: BlackVeil

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.


7 posted on 05/19/2014 6:59:08 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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