Libya general vows to take Benghazi, urges foreign support
Mar 17, 2015 4:21PM
Al Marj (Libya) (AFP) - Libya's new army chief Khalifa Haftar on Monday promised his forces would seize Benghazi from Islamist militias within a month and called for wider support from the international community.
In an interview with AFP at his military compound about 100 kilometres (60 miles) northeast of second city Benghazi, he said his forces would press to take the city by the middle of April and urged the international community to "stand with the Libyan army".
"We will end in very little time the presence of the enemy and terrorists in the region. Operations in the city of Benghazi will end before the middle of next month," Haftar said.
"No doubt the international community knows the depth of the crisis Libya is experiencing since the overthrow of Moamer Kadhafi, with the absence of law, public order and the rise of militant groups" linked to the Islamic State organisation, he said.
Haftar, 72, was sworn in on March 9 as the new army chief in conflict-ridden Libya and promoted to general, a week after his nomination by the elected parliament.
He said that Islamist militias have flourished in the absence of public institutions, "pushing the country further towards extremism and terrorism" and "stripping Libyans of life, security and development".
He said the offensive in Benghazi, which he has dubbed Operation Dignity, was to "answer the repeated calls of the Libyan people for the return of the army to combat terrorism in the region".
Last May, Haftar launched an offensive against Islamists in the country's east focused on Benghazi but has so far failed to take the city.
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He said "the Libyan army does not and would not interfere in the political process because it is the guardian and protector against anyone trying to disrupt the democratic process by force."
Haftar added he plans to rebuild his military's infrastructure to match "modern" standards, while fighting Islamist militias at the same time.
Since the 2011 overthrow of Kadhafi in a NATO-backed uprising, Libya has been wracked by conflict, with rival governments and powerful militias battling for control of key cities and the country's oil riches.
The North African country has two parliaments and two governments.
The internationally recognised legislature was elected in June and is based in the eastern city of Tobruk, while the rival Islamist-backed General National Congress (GNC) is in the capital, Tripoli.
The Tobruk government has repeatedly asked the UN Security Council sanctions committee to lift an arms embargo imposed following the 2011 uprising.
Britain, France and the United States oppose scrapping the embargo, arguing that it would fuel violence, but diplomats have stressed that arms contracts can be approved by the sanctions committee on a case-by-case basis.
Earlier this month the United Nations put on hold its approval to allow the internationally backed government in Libya to buy fighter jets.
Last week EU foreign ministers gave the green light for the bloc to prepare a possible security mission in Libya once the country's warring factions agree a national unity government, as talks between them continue.
Talks between the rival parliaments on forming a unity government are due to resume on Thursday in Morocco, the United Nations has said.
Peace activists have organized four days of anti-war events
across the United States to protest Washington’s military intervention
in other countries.
The organizers have planned rallies, cultural
programs and teach-ins to draw attention to US military interventions
across the globe.
The events, which are dubbed as Spring Rising,
are being held to mark the 12th anniversary of US invasion of Iraq.
They will be staged from March 18 to March 21 in Washington, DC and
several other cities of the country. Cindy Sheehan
(pictured below at an anti-war rally), whose son, US Army Specialist
Casey Sheehan, was killed in the Iraq War, said, “Spring Rising is
intended as an antiwar intervention into the world capital of
US has spread its military across the globe and is engaged in wars in
Afghanistan and Iraq and, via drone strikes, in Pakistan, Yemen and
Somalia. The US government is provoking Russia in Ukraine and Eastern
Europe, pushing for another coup in Venezuela and expanding its military
presence in Asia and Africa,” she added.
“The current problem is
NOT that the US finally withdrew military forces from Iraq in 2012, but
its illegitimate invasions in 1991 and 2003,” said Debra Sweet, director
of World Can't Wait.
“The US occupation was conducted in a
lawless way, destroying their education, legal, medical, water, sewage,
security and electrical systems, setting the stage for the rise of ISIS
[ISIL],” she said.
The US and its allies invaded Iraq in March
2003 under the pretext that former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein
possessed weapons of mass destruction.
In October 2004, however, a
CIA report revealed that Saddam did not possess any weapons of mass
destruction at the time of the invasion.
The activists say the US
occupation of Iraq was conducted in a lawless way, and set the stage for
the rise of the ISIL terrorist group.
say the US military cannot stop the ISIL violence, and nothing good can
come from US-led coalition airstrikes against the Takfiri terrorists.
late September, the US and some of its Arab allies have been carrying
out airstrikes against ISIL inside Syria without any authorization from
Damascus or a UN mandate.
US warplanes have been conducting
airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq since early August. Some Western states
have also participated in some of the strikes in Iraq.
The US-led coalition has done little to stop the ISIL's advances in parts of Syria and in western Iraq.
analysts have criticized the aerial military campaign in Syria, saying
the strikes are meant to destroy the Arab country's infrastructure.
Sabrosky, a US Marine Corps veteran, has said that the United States’
airstrikes in Syria often target militants with “no military value” and
actually aim at the country’s infrastructure.
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