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US departments of State, Defence disagree over Libyan crisis, claims analyst

The U.S. Department of State and Department of Defense disagree over the means to resolve the Libyan crisis, Dalia al-Aqidi, a media analyst and TV anchor based in the U.S., told 218 Monday.

Aqidi, an Iraqi journalist who writes for Al-Arabiya and hosts political shows at 218 TV, said the U.S. diplomats resort to dialogue and negotiations between Libyan rival parties to solve the crisis, while the U.S. military uses violence as a solution for tensions.

Hence, the U.S. military supports head of Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalifa Haftar in his war against terrorism in the western region, she claimed.

On June 6, a letter was submitted by 13 members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs to U.S. Secretary General Michael R. Pompeo to reject the LNA military operation in Tripoli.

They added that the war has killed more than 560 people, injured 2,800 and forced more than 82,000 to flee their homes.

The 13 members expressed their concern over the ‘uncertain’ US position toward the crisis as some US officials expressed their support to LNA operation in the western region.

“Libyan army actors are now using that confusion over U.S. policy as justification to continue the conflict, further jeopardizing prospects of political settlements and threatening regional stability,” they continued.

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