Former leader of the Petroleum Facilities Guards (PFG), Ibrahim Jadhran, criticized the military operation carried out by the Libyan National Army in the south region against foreign militant groups.
In a Tuesday audio recording, Jadran claimed the LNA operation aimed at controlling areas that reject military rule.
Jadhran called on the Toubou people, an ethnic group inhabiting southern Libya, to fight against the LNA, and hinted at the possibility of confronting the LNA, saying “We will be with the Toubou on time.”
In September 2018, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced the US Department of Treasury has sanctioned Jadhran.
“OFAC designated Ibrahim Jadhran… for being the leader of an entity that has, or whose members have, engaged in planning, directing, or committing attacks against any Libyan state facility or installation (including oil facilities), against any air, land, or seaport in Libya, or against any foreign mission in Libya,” the Treasury said.
“Jadhran was responsible for numerous deaths this year alone and has repeatedly attacked Libyan oil facilities, severely damaging the country’s economy,” it added.
The sanctions against Jadhran block any assets he may have in the United States and prohibit any US citizens from working with him.
In June 2018, Jadhran’s forces attacked and took over two oil export terminals in the country’s oil crescent region, Ras Lanuf and Sidr.
The attack ended up costing the Libyan government more than $1.4 billion in lost revenue, the Treasury Department noted.