Libya’s new strong man
General Khalifa Haftar will become a familiar name in the headlines regarding Libya.
His colourfully history as coup maker and one time military chief with Gaddafi who he later helped depose and his increasingly forceful involvements with Libyan politics since then defines him as a maverick who knows how to survive.
There are some facets of the general that will guarantee him support from some corners and fanatical opposition from others. He belong to the dwindling rank of Arab secularist with a track record of opposing militant religious groups. Paradoxically he is Arab nationalist who was released as a prisoner of war from Chad due to a CIA inspired agreement he subsequently moved to America and became a citizen. They are allegation of being trained by the CIA and being close associate of that organisation.
It is understood that many officer and men from the old Libyan forces disillusioned with the rise of Islamic militancy and Jihadi control of many militia have joined the General’s rank of supporters. American response to the murder of their ambassador John Christopher Stevens in 2012 in the hand of Islamic militia in Bengasi after an attack on their consulate has taken many forms including support for General Khalifa Haftar and enlisting the help of their regional ally Egypt .The recent attack on the airport in the Libyan capital by unknown military aircrafts is laid at his door and his friends in Egyptian military .
Though Sudan is also a suspect due to its support of some of the militant Islamic militia.
There are brewing issues between western allies with Europeans favouring working with the recognised central government though it is a government largely in name only and the Americans who would favour an Egyptian style solution even though some critical factors are missing for that to take shape.
The inescapable fact is that Libya is a dysfunctional state not far from Europe. It has become a hot bed of militant Jihad with vast stores of modern arms and natural resources that will further fuel militants activity within the region and further a field. Libya is by far the greatest security threat to Europe in the African region .