A charred airplane lies at Tripoli international airport in the Libyan capital on July 21, 2014 after Islamist-led militiamen stepped up their assault on the country's main airport, which is controlled by rival fighters. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD TURKIA
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Islamist militants attacked an army base in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi Monday, triggering fierce clashes involving helicopters and jets that killed at least seven people and wounded 40 others, residents and security sources said.Tripoli was calmer Monday, but in Benghazi militants linked to Islamist group Ansar al-Shariah attacked an army camp and were repelled by troops and forces loyal to renegade retired general Khalifa Haftar, who has been waging a self-declared war on Islamist fighters, security sources said.Haftar, a former Gadhafi army officer who fled to the United States after breaking ranks with the Libyan leader, has launched a campaign on the Islamists in Benghazi, bringing to his side elements of the regular army and air force.
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