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Haftar, the strongman who seems himself as Libya's saviour

In March 2015, Khalifa Haftar was named head of the Libyan army loyal to the internationally recognised parliament which has steadfastly refused to recognise the GNA's legitimacyGeneral Khalifa Haftar, whose forces have seized three vital Libyan oil terminals, is a controversial military strongman who has refused to bow to a UN-backed unity government. Haftar, 73, presents himself as Libya’s saviour in the face of a growing jihadist threat, but is himself a hugely divisive figure. Haftar’s relations with the authorities in Libya have always been complex.

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