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Libya's new army chief Khalifa Haftar Monday promised his forces would seize Benghazi from Islamist militias within a month and called for wider support from the international community.Haftar, 72, was sworn in on March 9 as the new army chief in conflict-ridden Libya and promoted to general, a week after his nomination by the elected parliament.Last May, Haftar launched an offensive against Islamists in the country's east focused on Benghazi but has so far failed to take the city.Since the 2011 overthrow of Gadhafi in a NATO-backed uprising, Libya has been wracked by conflict, with rival governments and powerful militias battling for control of key cities and the country's oil riches.
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