p data-para-count=”294″ data-total-count=”1237″>Libya eastern warlord Khalifa Haftar has already allowed the C.I.A. to establish a base in Benghazi — a low-key American return to the city after Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens was killed there in 2012 — and a handful of American Special Forces operators are present at an air base near the city, American officials said, reported New York Times.
NYT added that the nomination of the C.I.A. director Mike Pompeo as secretary of state could further align General Haftar with the United States. Mr. Pompeo, whose confirmation hearing took place Thursday, and Haftar, a onetime C.I.A. asset, are avowedly hostile to all forms of political Islam.