In this March 18, 2015 photo file photo, Gen. Khalifa Hifter, the head of armed forces based in the east of Libya speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, in al-Marj, Libya. (AP Photo/Mohammed El-Sheikhy, File)
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A powerful Libyan general whose forces recently captured several key oil facilities has rejected a U.N.-brokered government and said the country would be better served by a leader with "high-level military experience".In a series of written responses to questions from The Associated Press this week, Field Marshal Khalifa Hafter said his army only recognizes the authority of the Libyan parliament based in the east, which has also rejected the U.N.-backed government in the capital, Tripoli.Libya was plunged into chaos by the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi, and for the last two years has been split by rival authorities based in the far east and in Tripoli, in the west.Hafter said little to put such fears to rest.Both Hafter 's troops and forces loyal to the U.N.-backed government are battling ISIS and other extremists.Hafter's forces also recently seized three key oil terminals -- at Ras Lanuf, al-Sidra and Zueitina -- from a militia allied with the U.N.-backed government, drawing international condemnation.Hafter returned to Libya after decades in exile during the 2011 uprising against Gadhafi.
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