Warlord, Khalifa Haftar has promoted Mahmoud Al-Warfali, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for charges of war crimes, to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

According to the so-called information department of Haftar's militias, Haftar ordered his promotion, describing him as " Al-Khawaraj conqueror".

The International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant against Al-Warfali in August 2017 on accusations of committing war crimes and carrying out extrajudicial executions to more than thirty people.

In May, the ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda said that Al-Warfali is free despite an international memorandum calling for his arrest.