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Hard-line Islamist militias claimed to have taken control of Libya's second largest city, Benghazi, after defeating army units, taking over military barracks and seizing tanks, rockets and hundreds of boxes of ammunition.The other factor was an offensive launched earlier this year by a renegade general, Khalifa Haftar, who vowed to crush hard-line Islamist factions. His forces have been attacking hard-line militias in Benghazi.army barracks, most importantly including the barracks of the Special Forces, the strongest government force in the city, which backs Haftar."We are the only force on the ground in Benghazi," a commander of one of the coalition's factions told the Associated Press. He said the coalition's fighters had driven all army forces and fighters loyal to Haftar out the city.
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