Khalifa Haftar

  1. Libya's parallel government submits resignation

    BBC World Service

    Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar
    Image caption: Khalifa Haftar has his power-base in the east of the country

    The parallel government in eastern Libya has submitted its resignation after a rash of protests over deteriorating living conditions and corruption.

    In the latest demonstrations, protesters in the city of Benghazi set fire to the headquarters of the military commander, Khalifa Haftar.

    They also clashed in his stronghold of Al-Maj for the first time.

    A spokesman for General Haftar said the administration backed peaceful protests but would not allow terrorists and the Muslim Brotherhood to hijack them.

    Until now, protests against the situation in Libya have focused largely on the capital, Tripoli, home to the UN-recognised Government of National Accord.

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  2. Gen Haftar rejects call for Libya ceasefire

    BBC World Service

    A member of the Libyan National Army (LNA) commanded by Khalifa Haftar stands on a military vehicle at one of their sites in west of Sirte, Libya August 19, 2020.
    Image caption: Fighting has reduced in the past two months

    The powerful military force in Libya loyal to the eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar has dismissed Friday's announcement of a ceasefire by the UN-backed government based in Tripoli.

    The spokesman for General Haftar's LNA said the declaration was a media stunt. He said the LNA was ready to respond to any attack by government forces on its positions around the city of Sirte.

    Fighting in Libya between the two factions has gone relatively quiet in the past two months, but previous ceasefire attempts have fallen apart with each side accusing the other of violating agreements.

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  3. Libya's GNA announces ceasefire with Gen Haftar

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    Image caption: There are hopes that there will be an end to scenes like this one in 2019

    Libya's internationally-recognised authorities, the Government of National Accord (GNA), have announced a ceasefire with the renegade general Khalifa Haftar.

    The head of the GNA, Fayez al-Sarraj, instructed government forces to immediately cease fire and all combat operations.

    The United Nations welcomed the move.

    Earlier this year Gen Haftar, whose base is in the eastern city of Benghazi, failed to take over the capital, Tripoli, after Turkey intensified its military support for the government forces.

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  4. Reports of looting in Libya's recaptured town - UN

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    Fighters loyal to Libya's UN-backed government stand atop a tank in the town of Tarhuna, near the capital Tripoli on June 5, 2020
    Image caption: UN-backed government forces have been recapturing towns near Tripoli

    United Nations officials in Libya say they have had reports of looting and the destruction of property in territory newly captured by the country’s internationally-recognised government.

    The UN said the damage to property in two towns south of Tripoli appeared to be acts of revenge and retribution.

    Images apparently from the area on social media have shown looted shops and a house being blown up.

    Turkish-backed pro-government militias recently seized the area from forces loyal to the renegade general Khalifa Haftar.

    The UN says 16,000 people have fled the region.

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  5. Russian mercenaries fighting in Libya - UN

    Libyan forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar riding on a tank in a street in Benghazi.
    Image caption: For the last year forces loyal to Gen Haftar have been trying to capture the capital, Tripoli

    Mercenaries working for the Russian private military contractor Wagner PMC (Private Military Company) are operating in Libya, according to UN diplomats.

    The Reuters news agency reports that the contractor has clandestinely deployed up to 1,200 people to help Libya's renegade General Khalifa Haftar.

    It quotes an experts' report submitted to the UN Security Council's Libya sanctions committee.

    The fighters are offering technical support for the repair of military vehicles and also participating in combat operations, the AFP new agency quotes the report as saying.

    Gen Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) enjoys the backing of Russia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Jordan.

    He is waging an armed campaign against the UN-recognised government, known as the Government of National Accord (GNA).

    Libya has been wracked by conflict since the 2011 uprising, which ousted long-time strongman Muammar Gaddafi.

  6. Renegade general's speech signals 'zero-sum' game in Libya

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    Rana Jawad

    BBC North Africa correspondent

    Khalifa Haftar
    Image caption: Khalifa Haftar wants to unseat the UN-backed government in Tripoli

    This isn't the first time Libya's renegade general, Khalifa Haftar, has tried to say his military campaigns and attempts to seize power mirror the "people’s will".

    In the past he seemingly hoped such words could spark a popular shift in his favour – yet that never materialised.

    But his latest speech takes this to the next level, by clarifying where he stands, as well as his political aims for his self-proclaimed Libyan National Army.

    His tendency had previously been to cloak his ambitions in talk of a higher purpose for the nation. Gen Haftar also showed sporadic willingness to take part in sponsored political talks from Palermo to Berlin, and Geneva.

    Monday's speech follows a month of military setbacks for his men, and sees him move overtly into zero-sum game for a military solution for Libya.

    Far from the generals, the militias, and the politicians, the "will of the people" in Libya has long appeared to have been silenced by guns and war.

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