Libya/June 26, 2019/ Frank Ikpefan, Abuja /No Comment/106 views /Libya Washington Post: Haftar releases American pilot who was calimed to be Portuguese mercenary for GNAshare on:FacebookTwitter Google +Pinterest Tumblr Linked InEmailSend to Email Address:Your NameYour Email AddressEmail check failed, please try againCancel The US Air Force pilot who was captured by Haftar’s forces. [Photo: Internet] The Washington Post said a US Air Force veteran Jamie Sponaugle was released from captivity in Libya this week where he has been held since early May by Khalifa Haftar’s forces on accusations of being a mercenary, according to US government officials and a source familiar with the matter. Sponaugle was freed after being held captive for weeks by forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar. ALSO READ Libya - Angry protesters storm Misrata Radio to announce overthrow of municipal councilWhile the State Department claims that US policy of supporting the GNA remains enact, President Donald Trump’s praise for Haftar earlier this year signaled a departure from previous administration statements condemning the rogue Libyan general’s march on the capital. “We are always pleased to see Americans held captive overseas returned home to their friends and family,” Robert O’Brien told CNN Tuesday, after the Washington Post broke the story. Related Posts ALSO READ Bashagha: France's admission of owning wepoans in Gharyan means it backs Haftar's war on Tripoli “We appreciate his captors’ decision to release him. We also thank the kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its role in resolving this case,” he said. Sponaugle was captured by Haftar’s forces in early May when the jet he was flying near Tripoli went down. Over the last few weeks State Department officials at various levels, including Trump’s envoy for hostage affairs, have been in touch with Sponaugle’s captors to facilitate this release. ALSO READ France, UK, US, Italy welcome Libya agreement to end transitional phaseSaudi Arabia was very helpful in resolving the matter, according to a senior US government official. Sponaugle will be landing in Saudi Arabia Tuesday and then he will decide where he wants to go, the sources explained. Leave A Comment Below Related Tags:Libya share on: FacebookTwitter Google +Pinterest Tumblr Linked InEmailSend to Email Address:Your NameYour Email AddressEmail check failed, please try againCancel previous articleTogolese cook sentenced to life imprisonment for killing Credit Switch boss, Bademosi – Daily Post Nigerianext articlePink Bullets: Away kit irks club supporters – Malawi Nyasa TimesRelated Posts435 shares Libya/July 16, 2019 /No Comment Libya’s Foreign Minister accuses US, France and Russia of hampering a Security Council resolution against Tripoli offensive439 shares Libya/July 16, 2019 /No Comment US, UK, France, UAE, Italy and Egypt call on Libyans to halt fighting, engage in transitional government buildingThree killed as Haftar’s warplanes strike field hospital in Libya’s TripoliAl-Sirraj’s political ambitions compel him not to call out countries supporting HaftarPower outages add to the misery caused by Libya’s ongoing fightingLibyan oil revenue drops to 11.2%, Central Bank saysFormer Libyan ambassador to UAE says only military solution can solve conflictHaftar’s overnight airstrikes on Tripoli residential areas kill one, injure familyEgyptian hospital steals body organs of Libyan woman under surgeryNotorious killer operating under Haftar’s command killed in southern Tripoli Leave a Response Cancel reply CommentName Email Sign me up for the newsletter! Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.