Strongman Haftar back in Libya after long absence

File photo showing Khalifa Haftar, commander of the Libyan National Army, arrives for talks over a political deal to end Libya’s crisis in La Celle-Saint-Cloud, near Paris, July 25, 2017. (Reuters)
Updated 26 April 2018
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Strongman Haftar back in Libya after long absence

BENGHAZI: Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar returned Thursday to the eastern city of Benghazi after a long absence for treatment in a Paris hospital, an AFP correspondent reported.
The 75-year-old, smiling and dressed in a black suit, greeted generals from his self-styled army after descending from a plane, in his first public appearance for weeks.


Germany to provide $115 million for Iraq, Syria development

€10 million is being allocated to restore basic services to the Syrian provinces of Raqqa and Deir Ezzor. (AP/File)
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Germany to provide $115 million for Iraq, Syria development

  • €90 million would be made available through the UN’s Funding Facility for Stabilization for Iraq

BERLIN: Germany says it will provide €100 million ($115 million) in development aid to Iraq and Syria to help rebuild areas once occupied by the Daesh.
The Foreign and Development Ministries said Wednesday €90 million would be made available through the UN’s Funding Facility for Stabilization for Iraq to restore electrical grids, water and sewer projects, street and bridge repairs and other infrastructure efforts.
Another €10 million is being allocated to restore basic services to the Syrian provinces of Raqqa and Deir Ezzor, which are not under the Assad regime’s control.
Since 2015, Germany has taken in more than 1 million refugees, many from Iraq and Syria, and the ministries say part of their goal is to help stabilize the areas so that people can return.