In Benghazi yesterday, speaking to activists, General Khalifa Haftar, commander-in-chief of the Libyan National Army (LNA) associated with the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR), said he could work with some militia groups in western Libya.
|Up until now, Haftar has insisted he cannot work with the UN-brokered Government of National Accord (GNA) until all its militias had been disbanded. Indeed, Haftar said it was "unthinkable" that his LNA join with the GNA forces in their present state. Neither Haftar nor the HoR have so far recognized the GNA. This is a sudden change of position. It may be designed to split the Misrata militia. Haftar specifically mentioned that he could work with the Rada security force, Tripoli Revolutionaries Brigade, and Abdul; Ghani Al-Kiki, "but in a limited way" in establishing security in Tripoli. However, he said that it would never be possible to make peace with the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group whom he described as an extension of Al Qaeda under another name. Many Tripoli militia might not accept the presence of the LNA under Haftar in Tripoli.|
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