Libya’s east-based military strongman eyes western region

October 16, 2017

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libya’s powerful army commander Khalifa Hifter has vowed to seize control of the western section of the country, including the capital.

Hifter, the commander of the self-styled Libya National Army, said that his forces are in control of most of Libya.

“All that’s left is 30,000 square meters,” he told a gathering of LNA commanders in Benghazi last week.

He said that his forces are taking over cities in the far western edge of the country, including Sabratha where militias have been fighting each other over the past weeks.

Hifter’s comments come as Libya’s U.N. mission is working on amending the country’s peace agreement to break the country’s political stalemate.

On Monday, UNSMIL said that representatives from different factions were meeting in Tunisia to finalize amendments to the deal.

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