Khalifa Haftar orders assault on Islamist-controlled areas after return from Paris hospital

Defying reports of an incapacitating stroke and even his death, the Libyan strongman General Khalifa Haftar has returned to Libya from hospital in Paris and ordered a fresh military assault on Islamist-controlled areas.

Numerous sources has reported that Haftar, 75, had either died or suffered a stroke of such severity that his public career was at an end, prompting speculation that his chief backers, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and France, were locked in secret discussions over a successor likely to play a decisive role in Libya’s future.

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