US law-makers urge FBI to probe Libya’s Haftar praised by Trump

US law-makers urge FBI to probe Libya’s Haftar praised by Trump

A letter has been sent by a bipartisan US law-makers group to Christopher Wray, Director of FBI and William Barr, Attorney General urging to ask the Justice Department to probe into the possible war crimes allegations posed against renegade General Khalifa Haftar.

The letter sent to the Department of Justice has been sent a month after Haftar was praised by US President Donald Trump as the troops of the field marshal carried on their offensive against the US and UN-backed government in Libyan capital Tripoli.

The letter was signed by five House Democrats- Gerald Connolly of Virginia, Tom Malinowski of New Jersey, Ted Lieu of California, Colin Allred of Texas and David Trone of Maryland- and two Republicans, Ann Wagner of Missouri and Joe Wilson of South Carolina.

Notably, Libyan General Haftar commands the Libyan National Army, which started an offensive last month to seize the capital city from the UN-supported Government of National Accord.

However, Amnesty International said that satellite images as well as witnesses of war crimes prevailing in Libya indicated “shameful” attacks on civilian neighbourhoods during an intense battle between April 15 and 17. Though a local Government of National Accord affiliated militia and Haftar’s forces blamed one another for the attacks, the residents believed that Haftar’s forces were responsible.

Trump was criticized strongly for praising Haftar last month. However still, Trump has not chosen on a side in the ongoing Libya conflict and has decided to stay uninvolved till the time there’s a winner, says a source.

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