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Vol 55 No 15

Published 25th July 2014


Libya

Islamists strike back

Unable to take on General Haftar's forces in Benghazi, jihadist militias strike at his allies in Tripoli

Islamist militias aligned with Libya's Muslim Brotherhood have mounted their most serious counter-offensive yet against forces loyal to General Khalifa Belqasim Haftar in a series of attacks in Tripoli and Benghazi. Clashes at Tripoli International Airport saw 47 people killed and 20 aircraft badly damaged. Later, a suicide bomb exploded at a Haftar position in Benghazi. Haftar, a retired General and Armed Forces Chief of Staff under Colonel Moammar el Gadaffi, has been waging a campaign against Islamist forces in Benghazi and planning to attack Islamists all over the country.

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