Latest Khalifa Hifter News

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2020 file photo, Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter joins a meeting with the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in Athens. A spokesman said late Wednesday, June 3, 2020, that forces allied with the U.N.-supported government in Libya have captured a key airport in Tripoli from rival troops attempting to take control of the capital for over a year. The fall of Tripoli International Airport came two days after the U.N. announced Libya’s warring parties agreed to resume cease-fire talks following weeks of heavy fighting. Since 2015, Libya has been divided between two governments, one in the east and one in the west. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

Tripoli forces say they have ended siege of Libyan capital

Jun. 4, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Forces allied with Libya's U.N.-supported government said Thursday they regained control of all of Tripoli's entrance and exit points after taking back the airport, claiming that the siege by rival troops trying to capture the capital for over a year has effectively ended. The announcement...

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2020, file, photo, Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter joins a meeting with the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in Athens. The U.S. military Tuesday, May 26, 2020 accused Russia of deploying fighter planes to conflict-stricken Libya to support Russian mercenaries aiding east-based forces in their offensive on the capital, Tripoli. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

UN envoy holds cease-fire talks with Libya's eastern forces

Jun. 3, 2020 8:39 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations said its top envoy in Libya held talks Wednesday with a delegation from Khalifa Hifter’s eastern-based forces to follow up on the agreement by the country’s warring parties to resume cease-fire negotiations, calling it “a positive step.”...

UN expects movement soon on new Libya cease-fire talks

Jun. 2, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations said Tuesday it expects “things to get moving in the next few days” following the agreement by Libya’s warring parties to resume cease-fire negotiations following days of heavy fighting. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said acting U.N. envoy...

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2020, file, photo, Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter joins a meeting with the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in Athens. The U.S. military Tuesday, May 26, 2020 accused Russia of deploying fighter planes to conflict-stricken Libya to support Russian mercenaries aiding east-based forces in their offensive on the capital, Tripoli. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

UN: Libya's warring sides have agreed to restart peace talks

Jun. 1, 2020 9:37 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The United Nations said Libya's warring factions have agreed to resume cease-fire talks, following days of heavy fighting and eastern-based forces retaking a key town from their rivals after a string of setbacks. The U.N. Mission in Libya said it hoped the new round of talks would...

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2020, file, photo, Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter joins a meeting with the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in Athens. The U.S. military Tuesday, May 26, 2020 accused Russia of deploying fighter planes to conflict-stricken Libya to support Russian mercenaries aiding east-based forces in their offensive on the capital, Tripoli. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

US: Russian jets in Libya present broader worries for region

May. 29, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Africa Command flatly rejected Russian claims that Moscow did not deploy fighter jets to Libya, saying Friday that the 14 aircraft flown in reflect Russia's longer term goal to establish a foothold in the region that could threaten NATO allies. Brig. Gen. Gregory Hadfield, deputy...

Shooting at smuggling warehouse in Libya kills 30 migrants

May. 28, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The family of a slain Libyan human trafficker attacked a group of migrants in a town that recently changed hands amid the fighting over the country's capital, killing 26 Bangladeshi and four African migrants, the Tripoli government said on Thursday. There was scant information about the...

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2020, file, photo, Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter joins a meeting with the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in Athens. The U.S. military Tuesday, May 26, 2020 accused Russia of deploying fighter planes to conflict-stricken Libya to support Russian mercenaries aiding east-based forces in their offensive on the capital, Tripoli. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

Top lawmaker denies that Russia sent warplanes to Libya

May. 27, 2020 2:43 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A senior Russian lawmaker on Wednesday strongly rejected the U.S. military's claim that Russia has deployed fighter jets to Libya to support east-based forces in their offensive on the capital, Tripoli. Viktor Bondarev, the former Russian air force chief who heads the defense committee in the...

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2020, file, photo, Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter joins a meeting with the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in Athens. The U.S. military Tuesday, May 26, 2020 accused Russia of deploying fighter planes to conflict-stricken Libya to support Russian mercenaries aiding east-based forces in their offensive on the capital, Tripoli. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

US military says Russia deployed fighter jets to Libya

May. 26, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The U.S. military Tuesday accused Russia of deploying fighter planes to conflict-stricken Libya to support Russian mercenaries aiding east-based forces in their offensive on the capital, Tripoli. Russia called the claim “disinformation." In a strongly worded statement, the U.S. Africa...

Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter looks on during his meeting with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, in Athens, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. The commander of anti-government forces in war-torn Libya has begun meetings in Athens in a bid to counter Turkey's support for his opponents. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Libya's Hifter: Tripoli campaign to continue despite losses

May. 23, 2020 5:02 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The military commander of eastern Libya-based forces said Saturday that they will continue fighting forces loosely allied with the U.N.-supported government in Tripoli, even though his campaign has suffered setbacks in recent weeks. Khalifa Hifter, commander of the self-styled Libyan Arab...

UN-supported Libya gov't takes back Tripoli area from rivals

May. 22, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s U.N.-supported government said its forces took back several districts on Friday in Tripoli’s southern reaches that had been captured by their rivals in a year-long offensive on the country's capital. The development dims the prospects for the eastern-based forces, under...