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Rogue Libyan general: Salvation or menace?

May 23rd, 2014
07:15 AM ET

It's called “operation dignity.” It started as a rogue campaign by a former Libyan general to purge the chaotic country of extremist Islamist militias – and the government that is said to support them.

Now, an array of Libyan military, tribal and political leaders have jumped on General Khalifa Haftar's bandwagon, even though he's played all sides.

As one said, “The dilemma is that no-one trusts him but everyone likes what he's doing. We want the Islamists out.”

So could General Haftar and his "Operation Dignity" be just what the doctor ordered? Or could he drag Libya back into a military dictatorship, much like General Abdel Fatah El-Sisi in neighboring Egypt?

“I have decided to face this threat and those who are against the Libyan people, and we hope that the Libyan tribes and the civic institutions in Libya do support us,” General Haftar told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour Thursday on the phone from the eastern city of Benghazi.

“I want for Libya to be together, and I did not come out only to provide security for Libya. And I want for the Libyan society to be safe and secure. Personally, I do not want political power. But I want the safety and security of my country and my people.”

Click above to watch Amanpour’s interview with General Haftar.

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  1. Jonathan Onche Edeh

    Who cares? he isn't more rogue than those who destroyed Libya...look at what they have left of it.....they should be ashamed of themselves

    May 23, 2014 at 12:46 pm | Reply
    • Sam

      It seems that for the first time in history, Lybia has an elected parliament.

      The former prime minister Ali Zeidan was ousted through a vote of non confidence a couple of month ago, a first time ever in the modern Arab world that a politician executive is just ousted by a legitimate parliament.

      True Lybia has not yet stabilized, but this sometimes chaotic period is far better than Gaddafy's order.

      At least people are no more oppressed. A rogue general will try to sow more insecurity as a pretext to grab off liberties.

      But a people willing to trade its liberty for more security will lose both.

      May 26, 2014 at 4:01 pm | Reply
  2. Ian

    He is managed by the CIA! Why does the US continue to interfere in countries

    May 26, 2014 at 12:50 am | Reply
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