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Libya’s Haftar vows to fight until Tripoli ‘militias’ defeated

Renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar on Sunday said that he will continue his campaign to conquer Tripoli until his forces defeat troops loyal to the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA). Haftar also criticized United Nations mediator Ghassan Salame who recently described Haftar’s campaign as “the start of a long and bloody war”.

Haftar launched his campaign to capture Tripoli in early April, promising a swift victory that would bring stability to Libya for the first time since strongman Muammar Gaddafi was ousted in 2011. However, the offensive stalled over a month ago. UN figures shows that the fighting has already killed 510 people, wounded 2,400 more and displaced 75,000.

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