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Haftar’s forces step up air raids after loss of strategic city

Renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) will carry out more airstrikes on Tripoli because “traditional means” to “liberate” the Libyan capital have failed, an army official said on Monday. The escalation of violence comes after troops loyal to the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) recaptured the strategic city of Gharyan, south of Tripoli, from Hafter’s forces last week.

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 after a few weeks.

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