World Bulletin / News Desk
The United States ambassador to Libya has given renegade general Khalifa Haftar the green-light to pursue his course as his growing power threatens to develop into a coup against the government.
Justifying the general's acts, which has forced the country to call new parliamentary elections for June 25, Deborah Jones said that Haftar was working to clear 'terrorists' from the North African state.
Haftar, who stands staunchly against the Libyan branch of the Muslim Brotherhood as well as other Islamist affiliates, has launched a country-wide campaign to flush out militias and even attacked the parliament building in Tripoli earlier this week, kidnapping a number of lawmakers. He also had a coup attempt blocked in February.
“It’s very difficult to step up and condemn” Hafter given that his forces are “going after very specific groups … on our list of terrorists,” Jones said at the Stimson Center in Washington, according to Al-Monitor. “I am not going to come out and condemn blanketly what he did,” she added.
Jones, who replaced former US Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, who was killed in an attack on the US consulate in Benghazi in August 2012, blamed the current chaos in the country on a lack of a strong central government since the downfall of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
She also advised Americans not to travel to Libya unless the knew Libyans, as many countries withdraw their diplomatic staff from the increasingly troubled country.Last Mod: 22 Mayıs 2014, 16:32