Libya eastern commander Haftar declares Benghazi 'liberated'

July 6, 2017
The head of the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) has said his forces "liberated" the eastern Benghazi city after years of fighting with Islamists. Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar said the city now enters a new era of "security, peace and reconciliation". If confirmed, victory would mark a major advance for the one-time commander in the army of late strongman Muammar Gaddafi. The LNA is not recognised by Libya's UN-backed government in Tripoli.