|Birth name||Khalifa Belqasim Haftar|
|Born||1943 (age 76–77)|
|Service/branch||Libyan Ground Forces|
|Commands held||Libyan National Army|
|Battles/wars||Yom Kippur War (1973)|
Second Libyan Civil War
Field Marshal 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.
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. On 25 April, it was confirmed that Haftar is alive and was transported to Benghazi following treatment in Pairs.
References[change | change source]
- "Tobruk's HoR promotes Khalifa Haftar to a Marshal following capture of oil ports". Libyan Express. September 15, 2016.
- Al-Warfalli, Ayman (March 2, 2015). "Libya's Haftar appointed army chief for recognized government". Reuters.
- "Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar 'in a coma in Paris hospital'". Telegraph. 12 April 2018. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
- "Libyan strongman Haftar in coma after suffering stroke, reports say". Middle East Eye. 12 April 2018. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
- "East Libya commander Haftar returning after treatment in Paris". Reuters. 25 April 2018. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
- "Libyan Military Chief Haftar Returns to Benghazi". Sputnik News. 25 April 2018. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
Other websites[change | change source]
- Libya: The Djava Khalifa Haftar movement, whose founding leader is reportedly a soldier named Khalifah Haftar, who currently in exile in the United States (May 2006), Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, LBY101307.FE, accessed 19 October 2013, citing Haftar's previous anti-regime activities and subsequent exile