FAST FIVE: Libya's "Gaddafi 2.0" Eyes Military Takeover Of Tripoli, Could Rattle Global Oil Markets
He's also financed by the UAE and quickly emerged as a main player collecting the spoils in the aftermath of the US-French-NATO bombing campaign in support of the rebels. Libyan General Khalifa Haftar.
Rumors his self-styled Libyan National Army is building up troops and weapons in the west are adding to the anxious mood.
This is due to his purported secular identity and political platform, and his willingness to fight the jihadists, including Libyan ISIS. As a “secular autocrat” with external backing and potentially “West-friendly”, he precisely fits the model of a nationalist type dictator uniting the various large feuding tribes in the mold of Gaddafi (the late Libyan 42-year ruler himself at various times enjoyed the backing of European powers). Libyan oil fields, pipelines, refineries and storage, via Wiki Commons.
Post-Gaddafi Libya has been largely forgotten about in the media after its “liberation” by NATO and Islamist militants, and since 2011 has existed in varying degrees of anarchy and chaos.
Now largely successful in this endeavor, control of the capital would constitute the endgame allowing him to solidify rule over all portions of the country. Prior the 2011 Libyan war and NATO military intervention which ultimately led to the field execution of Muammar Gaddafi, the country produced about 1.6 million bpd, but years of turmoil and political instability in the aftermath have slashed that to 550,000 barrels per day as of 2018 output numbers. .