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When Libyan government forces and Islamist militants battled with artillery guns right in his district, Khalil al-Barassi knew it was time to pack up.In Benghazi, one government backs a Gadhafi-era army general and the other backs the Islamists.Haftar's army forces have used air support to help win back territory from Islamist fighters, including the airport area, eastern districts and several barracks that had been overrun last summer.Adding to the chaos, other Islamist militants who have proclaimed themselves loyal to ISIS – the group that controls much of Syria and Iraq – have also started exploiting the security vacuum. They killed seven people in a suicide attack on an army checkpoint last month.Haftar has said his forces control more than 80 percent of Benghazi, though his opponents dispute this. After army forces said they were close to taking the port and nearby government buildings, Majlis al-Shura fighters filmed a video posing there.
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