Paris Is Simply Shocked Its Warlord Is Attacking Tripoli
French officials seemed surprised when Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, 75, launched an offensive on Tripoli earlier this month. He hasn’t hidden new French military hardware, while Paris believes he’ll stabilize Libya and combat extremist terror exporters. President Trump had a friendly chat with Haftar last week, while he also enjoys Saudi, Egyptian, Emirati and Russian support.
Why back Haftar? Aides reportedly convinced French President Emmanuel Macron it would be a quick fix and political prize, but Haftar’s march against a U.N.-recognized unity government has bogged down and threatens to restart the country’s civil war.