Fighters of Libyan forces allied with the U.N.-backed government gather as they advance against Islamic State holdouts in Ghiza Bahriya district in Sirte, Libya December 1, 2016. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny
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Clashes continued for the second day among heavily armed militias in the Libyan capital Tripoli. The militias are vying for power and control over the city, with one dislodging another in at least two posts, a five-star hotel and a barracks, in what appears to be the worst outbreak of violence the city has seen in two years.Competing militias have chopped Tripoli up into fiefdoms and power centers after longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi was ousted and killed in an uprising in 2011 .They One of Tripoli's largest and most powerful militias, Tripoli Revolutionaries, led by Haytham al-Tajouri, had previously been ambivalent about the unity government, but it has now joined forces with the Rada militia.Haftar – who is backed by Egypt and the UAE – opposed the deal and has lately achieved some military victories over Benghazi's militants, who were supported by some of the Tripoli Islamists, and moved his forces to free Libya's oil terminals, the country's main revenue source, from eastern militia commander Ibrahim Jedran.
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