East Libyan forces make new push to end Islamist resistance in Benghazi

November 9, 2017 22:23
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Eastern Libyan forces on Thursday expelled Islamist fighters from one of their last strongholds in the country's second-largest city of Benghazi, military officials said.

The battle for Benghazi between the Libyan National Army led by Khalifa Haftar and an array of Islamist militants and other fighters has been part of a broader conflict since Libya slipped into turmoil following the 2011 fall of strongman Muammar Gaddafi.

Several Islamists and one soldier were killed when special forces moved into the Khreibish district, one of the remaining pockets of resistance after Haftar declared victory in the battle for in Benghazi in July. Ten soldiers were wounded.

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