Mustafa Fetouri

French President Emmanuel Macron walks with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj (R) and Gen. Khalifa Hifter (L), commander of the Libyan National Army, before a meeting for talks over a political deal to help end Libya’s crisis, La Celle-Saint-Cloud near Paris, France, July 25, 2017. (photo by REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer)

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Rival Libyan leaders agree to elections, but challenges remain

Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017 | Mustafa Fetouri , Contributor

Although neither yet recognizes the other’s legitimacy, Libya’s military strongman Khalifa Hifter and Fayez al-Sarraj, the prime minister of the Tripoli-based government, agreed during a meeting in France to hold elections in a bid to end the country's conflict.

Libya's Hifter sets his sights on the capital following Benghazi victory

Friday, Jul. 21, 2017 | Mustafa Fetouri , Contributor

The Libyan National Army, operating under the command of Gen. Khalifa Hifter, declared victory in Benghazi after ousting Islamists, further consolidating the role Hifter could play in shaping Libya's future.

New UN Libya envoy faces long road to peace

Friday, Jun. 30, 2017 | Mustafa Fetouri , Contributor

The newly appointed UN envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, must review all previous steps and policies his predecessors made to avoid repeating their mistakes as the war and chaos continue to weigh heavily on Libya.

The rapid rise of Libya's General Hifter

Wednesday, May. 24, 2017 | Mustafa Fetouri , Contributor

On the third anniversary of Operation Dignity to retake Benghazi from Islamist control, Gen. Khalifa Hifter has become a major political player, but his ultimate goals remain unknown.

What, if anything, will come of meeting between Libyan rivals?

Thursday, May. 11, 2017 | Mustafa Fetouri , Contributor

The head of Libya's UN-backed government in Tripoli, Fayez al-Sarraj, spoke recently with military strongman Khalifa Hifter in their first-ever meeting, aimed at ending violence and chaos in Libya.

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