Khalifa Haftar

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Khalifa Haftar
Birth nameKhalifa Belqasim Haftar
Born1943 (age 80–81)
Ajdabiya, Libya
Service/branch Libyan Ground Forces
RankField marshal[1]
Commands heldLibyan National Army
Battles/warsYom Kippur War (1973)

Chadian–Libyan conflict (1978–1987)
First Libyan Civil War

Second Libyan Civil War

Field Marshal General Khalifa Belqasim Haftar (Arabic: خليفة بلقاسم حفتر; born c. 1943) is a Libyan military officer and the head of the Eastern Libyan National Army. He engaged in the Second Libyan Civil War. On March 2, 2015, he was appointed commander of the armed forces loyal to the elected, internationally backed legislative body, the Libyan House of Representatives.[2]

He also has American citizenship.

On 12 April 2018, it was reported that Haftar is in a coma after suffering a stroke and was hospitalized under intensive care in Paris.[3][4] On 25 April, it was confirmed that Haftar is alive and was transported to Benghazi following treatment in Pairs.[5][6]

In November 2021, Haftar announced his candidacy for President of Libya in the upcoming elections.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Tobruk's HoR promotes Khalifa Haftar to a Marshal following capture of oil ports". Libyan Express. September 15, 2016.
  2. Al-Warfalli, Ayman (March 2, 2015). "Libya's Haftar appointed army chief for recognized government". Reuters. Archived from the original on October 6, 2015. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  3. "Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar 'in a coma in Paris hospital'". Telegraph. 12 April 2018. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  4. "Libyan strongman Haftar in coma after suffering stroke, reports say". Middle East Eye. 12 April 2018. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  5. "East Libya commander Haftar returning after treatment in Paris". Reuters. 25 April 2018. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  6. "Libyan Military Chief Haftar Returns to Benghazi". Sputnik News. 25 April 2018. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  7. "Libya's Haftar announces he will run for presidential elections". Al Jazeera. 16 November 2021. Retrieved 16 November 2021.

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