The Address | Benghazi – Libya
ROME – Italian daily newspaper Avvenire published on Saturday an article by Italian journalist Giorgio Ferrari, in which he affirmed that it is Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, General Commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), who was able to impose the law in Libya after eight years of chaos since the fall of late dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
Ferrari began by describing the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) as “fragile” and “weak” in the face of many challenges facing the “deeply divided country” such as “tribal hatreds and armed competition of every type of militia.”
Ferrari wrote that in light of GNA’s weakness, the Libyan National Army, led by Field Marshal Haftar, was able to secure Cyrenaica and Fezzan. Ferrari noted that the only thing that Field Marshal Haftar lacks is the “complete encirclement of Tripoli and the surrender of militias still loyal to Prime Minister [Fayez] al-Sarraj.”
Ferrari noted that Field Marshal Haftar has become an influential figure on the international stage. The Italian journalist compared Field Marshal Haftar to French leader Napoleon Bonaparte, and stated that he has “many influential friends” such as France, Russia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.
The Italian journalist concluded his article by pointing out the Field Marshal Haftar was forced into exile for twenty years by Gaddafi, but he returned to Benghazi in March 2011 after a popular uprising against the late dictator. Field Marshal Haftar was then appointed head of the ground forces by the National Transitional Council, which was the internationally-recognized authority in Libya at that time.