General Khalifa Haftar, commander in the Libyan National Army (LNA), leaves after a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Russia, Nov. 29, 2016. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar, the dominant figure in the divided country's east, met Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Tuesday and said he was seeking Moscow's help in his fight against Islamist militants at home.Haftar, on his second visit to Moscow since the summer, requested military support from the Kremlin in September, according to Russian media. Haftar, who is aligned with the eastern parliament and government, has been fighting a two-year military campaign with his Libyan National Army against Islamists and other opponents in Benghazi and elsewhere in the east.Haftar has received public backing from Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, and France sent special forces to work alongside Haftar's Libyan National Army earlier this year.
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