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US officials meet Libya’s Haftar to end Tripoli offensive

On Monday, the US state department announced that a delegation including the US ambassador to Libya has met with Libyan renegade general Khalifa Haftar in order to discuss “steps to achieve a suspension of hostilities and a political resolution to the Libyan conflict.” In April of this year, Haftar launched a military campaign to oust the internationally recognized government in Tripoli, promising a swift victory that would bring stability to Libya for the first time since strongman Muammar Gaddafi was ousted in 2011. However, the offensive stalled after a few weeks.

The US state department accused Russia of exploiting the conflict “at the expense of the Libyan people.” Earlier this month, the New York Time reported that Russia, which supports Haftar, has been using Sukhoi jets, coordinated missile strikes, precision-guided artillery and snipers in Libya in order to determine the outcome of the civil war.

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