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Is Haftar an obstacle in front of the international community?

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After the war that has raged through Benghazi for a long time, the Chief of the Libyan Army, under the House of Representatives (HoR), Khalifa Haftar is still trying to gain support from many Arab countries, as he was encouraged to do so after the Arab league met last week.

libyamilitarilyOn Monday Haftar talked in a press conference in Amman – Jordan seeking support for his army, he complained that his army lack adequate weaponry, and this is why his army cannot take on Islamic State (IS) in the city of Sirte, the Arab league have promised to help him and the army, by supporting Libya militarily.

Haftar said that the “Lack of weapons prevents us from expanding,” he added “We have limits because of our limited capabilities.” He also talked about how Jordan will assist Libya by preparing places for tactical and technical training for Libyans.

The retired general spoke to reporters after this meeting, he said that he discussed with the Jordanian Army Chief of the training of Libyan troops by the Jordanian army, and even some medical treatment for the Libyans who are wounded by the war.

Libya was split in half after Haftar’s army tried to drive out rival groups who controlled Tripoli. This led to Libya being torn apart by disputes between the two governments, the General National Congress (GNC) in Tripoli, and the House of Representatives (HoR) in Tobrok, these two governments have been warring for gaining political sovereignty. IS affiliates have exploited this political vacuum in Libya to increase their presence in North Africa.

It is reported that, the Political Committee of the GNC has called for a meeting for the various groups taking part in the UN-brokered Libyan dialogue, especially the groups who have already initialled the draft in Skhirat last month.

The committee has stated that the distinctive groups must hear each other out, that they should respect one another and arrive at an agreement of forming an accord government.

Even though the committee is a part of the GNC, they strongly oppose the head of the GNC, Nuri Abusahmain, who remains adamant on not signing on the draft. One of the leaders of the Justice and Building Party (Aladala wa Albinaa party) who did not want his name mentioned for personal reasons said that, the majority of his party now refute and oppose Abusahmain; they believe he is the biggest obstacle in the way of the GNC for them to participate with the other factions in initialling the political draft.

The main goal of the proposed meeting will be centred on protecting the country from falling into anarchy, and how to get the country to a state of stability and high levels of security.

In other news, a demonstration has taken place in the city of Tobrok on Monday against Haftar and his army, some have compared Haftar to Gaddafi, and they even said that they wanted voting boxes and democracy so they can express their anger against Haftar. Many say that the fear of Haftar has dissipated, after all the bloodshed the people have had enough. They stood against Haftar in support of the dialogue and forming a concord government, in order to improve Libya and rebuild the country.

Moving swiftly on, many observers say that the retired general, Haftar, is one of the largest obstacles in the face of the international community, which prevents the international community from supporting the Libyan army to combat the militant groups present in Benghazi, and in Libya in General.

These observers find Haftar as an obstacle, for many reasons: one of which is the fact that Haftar has a long dark history of war crimes committed in the Chad war which took place in the 1980s; Haftar was also a prisoner of war, which makes him unqualified to be an army chief.

ArabLeagueHowever, the Arab League has not promised Haftar that they will supply him with weapons, neither did they say that they will send airstrikes to Libya and bomb IS locations and strongholds.

Albeit, the Arab League was clear on the fact that they will support the Libyan Army, but only once the Libyans achieve and form an accord government.