Libyan Commander Visits Russia, Asks for Help Fight ISIL Islamists Terrorists

Khalifa Haftar, a Libyan military commander on Tuesday visited Russia where he met Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

According to media reports Haftar was seeking Moscow’s help in fighting ISIL Islamists terrorists in Libya.

This is Haftar’s second visit to Moscow since summer in an effort of requesting military support from Kremlin.

 “Our relations are crucial, our goal today is to give life to these relations,” the TASS news agency quoted Haftar as saying at the start of talks with Lavrov.

“We hope we will eliminate terrorism with your help in the nearest future.”

Libya has been grappling with ISIL militancy since the country plunged in political rivalry and armed grouping following the uprising that saw Muammar Gaddafi ousted in 2011.

The rival grouping are divided into two factions based in the east and west.

Haftar, who is aligned with the eastern parliament and government, has been fighting a two-year military campaign with his Libyan National Army against ISIL Islamists and other opponents in Benghazi and elsewhere in the east.

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