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Author Topic: Libyan Women Banned from Travel in Area Ruled by CIA-Linked Warlord  (Read 109 times)
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« on: February 23, 2017, 10:54:56 AM »

General Haftar is a long-suspected CIA asset. He lived for 20 years in suburban Virginia near agency headquarters and led a failed, CIA-backed coup before relocating to the U.S.

In the late 1980s, Haftar, who had previously been an ally of Gaddafi's, turned on the long-time Libyan leader. As military commander of the anti-Gaddafi opposition group, National Front for the Salvation of Libya, which was supported by the CIA, he plotted a foiled invasion of Libya. Haftar's putsch attempt went so badly, the CIA had to airlift him and 350 of his men out of the country.

The U.S. subsequently granted Haftar citizenship, and he resettled in the early '90s in the northern Virginia suburbs, where he remained an influential figure in the Libyan political opposition in exile. The BBC reported in 2014, "His proximity to the CIA's headquarters in Langley hinted at a close relationship with US intelligence services, who gave their backing to several assassination attempts against Gaddafi. It is likely that he co-operated closely with them in his role as the military chief of the opposition National Front for the Salvation of Libya."

In the U.S., Haftar lived comfortably, near the golf course of a country club. A prominent member of the U.S.-based Libyan opposition told the Washington Post, "They lived a very good life, and nobody knows what his source for compensation was." In 2010, Haftar sold his five-bedroom house for $612,000.
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