High Council of State's Head says Haftar can't advance into west Libya

High Council of State's Head says Haftar can't advance into west Libya

December 24, 2018 - 18:50
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The Head of the High Council of State (HCS) Khalid Al-Mishri said he doesn’t think that the commander of the self-styled army Khalifa Haftar can control any area in western Libya.

Speaking Sunday in an interview on France 24 TV, Al-Mishri said Haftar’s adventurous war in eastern Libya made the people there suffer the loss of about 18000 men and left over 7000 others amputated without achieving anything real on the ground.

“Haftar alleges fighting terrorism and claims he is building a military institution. This was a catchy talk two or three years ago, but now all Libyans are in the clear.” Al-Mishri said.

He added that in western Libya, the building of a Libyan state is going very well.

“The excuse of Haftar – fighting terrorism – doesn’t exist in western Libya, where there is no recorded terrorist presence of any groups.” Al-Mishri explained.

He also said that when terrorist appeared in Sirte, they were dealt a fatal blow in no time and afterward, some groups did certain terrorist acts, which he said could happen to any country.

“The western region is not threatened by terrorism so that Haftar uses it as a way for his entrance. The west has gotten real army and police institutions and despite being weak now, they will grow stronger in the future. Thus, all Haftar’s justification for entering the western region are baseless.” Al-Mishri added.

Haftar has always vowed to advance on Tripoli and the entire western region in order to “liberate it from terrorists” who are his political views’ opponents as he had grown accustomed to calling his foes “terrorists.”