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17 January, 2017

Libya forces retake Benghazi district from extremists

Libyan chaos

Forces loyal to Marshal Khalifa Haftar on Monday retook a district in Libya’s Benghazi from extremists after fighting that killed nine soldiers in two days, a military source said.

We now control the district of Abu Sneib” in the southwest of the city, said a commanding officer in the army headed by Haftar, who backs the parliament in the country’s east. “Our forces now completely surround the Qanfuda area” nearby, the same source said.

He said 52 troops had died in fighting since January 1 in and around Benghazi. Haftar has managed to retake a large part of the eastern coastal city from extremists since Benghazi came under their control in 2014.


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