Jul 6, 2017

Libya eastern commander Haftar declares Benghazi 'liberated'

The head of the self-styled Libyan National Army has said his forces "Liberated" the eastern Benghazi city after years of fighting with Islamists. Field Marshal Haftar also has many political and armed opponents in Libya. Opponents accuse the commander, who has backing from some foreign powers, of trying to impose autocratic rule in Libya. Opinions over the conflict in Benghazi are largely divided; many will be celebrating what they see as a war brought to their doorstep by Islamist militias at a time when political actors in Libya barely acknowledged there was a problem there, despite the near daily bombings and killings in the city. In Libya today, a military victory in one battlefield often opens the door to conflict in others.

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