Some sources say that Libya’s Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, 75, the most prominent candidate as future president of the fractured country, has died of a heart attack, after a special plane rushed him unconscious through Jordan to a Paris hospital. Other sources claim that Haftar, commander of the Libyan National Army, is alive and well. A former general of – and later defector from – the late Muammar Qaddafi’s army, Haftar was strongly supported in recent years by Egypt, the UAE and Russia, turning away from his long ties with Washington when Moscow offered his militia weapons. After Qaddafi was toppled by NATO’s 2011 operation, Libya split into a series of militia-ruled pockets. Haftar, who set up a base in eastern Libya contested the Tripoli government and fought hard against Islamist forces in the oil-rich eastern region. His demise, or even incapacity, would be a grave setback for Russian and Egyptian strategic goals in Libya and remove a potentially unifying figure from the national scene.