The renegade General Khalifa Haftar has confirmed that he is using the help of the foreign experts who are providing assistance in data analysis and military training in order to be able to carry out operations of a “special kind”.
In an interview with the Russian news agency Sputnik, Haftar said, “Putting Egypt and Chad aside, the rest of the neighboring countries have cold feet regarding taking a vividly clear stance toward me.” He added that Egypt and Chad understand, better than the rest, the Libyan scene and are providing very crucial assistance to him.
Many political experts believe that the latest information revealed by Gen.Haftar, which stated that his troops have received military training from the Egyptian Armed Forces, will scrape Egypt in agitating the civil war in Libya.
Gamal Ahmed, a Libyan political analyst, commented saying that, “Al-Sisi and some western countries want to turn Libya first into civil war and terrorism which will lead later to military interventions, paving the road to the coup leader Khalifa Haftar.” “In fact, Khalifa Haftar’s troops are only militias that are centered in a small area in Benghazi,” he said.
He added, “Al-Sisi wants to export his economic, political and security crises to Libya as the latter is the most fragile regime in the Middle East because of the political divisions and Haftar’s war in Benghazi that is supported by al-Sisi.”
Two years ago, Mohamed Buisier, the political counselor for Gen.Khalifa Haftar, said that Egypt is supporting Libya in its military coup, which he called “War on Terrorism”, considering Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who led Egypt’s military coup, as his role model.”
Buisier confessed in a phone call with Egyptian TV presenter Osama Kamal during his talk show on “Al-Kahera Wal Nas” TV, that “the Egyptian side supports Libya in its war on terrorism,” but he didn’t reveal what kind of support was presented by the Egyptian regime. He only added that, “an unprecedented support will be announced recently.”
In the same context, al-Sisi has said before, that” there are positive results that can be achieved by supporting the Libyan National Army and these results can be achieved before we assume the responsibility of external intervening.”
Al-Sisi added in the second part of his interview with the Italian daily newspaper La Republica, “If we give arms and support to the Libyan National Army, it can do the job much better than anyone else, better than any external intervention that would risk putting us in a situation that could get out of hand and provoke uncontrollable developments,” he said. He also added that Egypt encourages Tobruk’s parliament -which supports Haftar and the LNA- on approving the government of national unity.
Libya lives in a severe security chaos as a result of the struggle of power between the Islamic militias and other anti-Islamic militias in Benghazi (East) and Tripoli (West). There are two main competing governments in Libya, one in Tobruk, headed by Abdullah al-Thani, that roots out of Tobruk’s House of representatives(HoR) located at al Bayda city in the (East). The other government roots out of the General National Congress (GNC) based in the capital Tripoli (West) and led by Khalifa al-Gwhaill. Moreover, a third government has joined the struggle of power in Libya which the UN-backed government, known as the Government of National Accord (GNA), led by Fayez al-Serraj.