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Missiles Hit Benghazi Homes, Kill Residents

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At least two people were killed when missiles fired at a Libyan special forces army base missed their target and struck family homes in the eastern city of Benghazi, residents and officials said Saturday.
 
The Friday-night attacks followed a week of on-and-off clashes in Benghazi and Tripoli between irregular forces loyal to a renegade former Libyan general, Khalifa Haftar, and rival militias opposing his campaign. Haftar has demanded that Libya’s parliament step down.

Libya's government has been unable to control brigades of ex-fighters who helped oust Moammar Gadhafi in a NATO-backed 2011 uprising and have since emerged as heavily armed rivals who often challenge the legitimacy of the state.
 
It was not clear who fired the rockets at the special forces base in Benghazi. But the city is home to the Islamist militants who have been targeted by forces loyal to Haftar.
 
Residents and army officials said two people were killed and their children injured when a rocket struck a house. Another family was injured in a second strike aimed at a special forces base that has sided with Haftar.
 
"It is not the first time the special forces base and the Benina air base have been targeted since Gen. Haftar announced his operation and the special forces decided to join him," said an army official.
 
Fear of greater turmoil
 
Western governments worry Haftar's call for army units to join his campaign will split the nascent military and trigger wider turmoil in the oil-producing country where brigades of former rebels are the real powerbrokers.
 
Haftar has said the government and parliament had lost all legitimacy because they were unable to purge the OPEC producer of extremists. Several army units and some government officials have backed him.
 
But other powerful militia groups have rejected Haftar's campaign, setting up a possible standoff between the groups in the North African OPEC member.
 
Haftar, a former Gaddafi ally who split with the autocrat in the 1980s, is the latest player to emerge in Libya's network of former fighters vying for control over parts of the country.
 
Many Libyans are frustrated with the government and parliament's failure to contain Islamist fighters and militias and ease the country into democratic transition three years after the war ousted Gadhafi.

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by: free libyan from: tripoli
May 24, 2014 4:35 PM
No to new dictator to rule libya, no to bloody dispot Hafter, no to cremianl hafter,no more chances for dictators to rule the liberated libya...
and libyan dignitey doesn't need the likes of Hafter to resolved it, we libyans know quite well how to resolve our dignity, Hifter is the last one to talk about dignity...
how could a terrorist general like Hifter to fight ''terrorism'' while he himself ordered militias to bomb tripoli?!!!
down down Hafter,shame on Hafter,we libyans are so proud of ourselves and we saved our dignity, no need to the likes of creminal Hifter to talk about dignity!!!

peace for libya ,peace for tripoli

by: ali baba from: new york
May 24, 2014 12:44 PM
Libya was a very poor country in North Africa. A mad man his name Gadhafi started a revolution and overthrown the Libyan king. the country was rich with oil. Although Gadhafi expressed his irrational behavior and he was supported the terrorism ,he build the country . Libyans experience luxury life. then Muslim brotherhood rise in that country .they want radical Islam to control the country. the mad man showed wisdom that does not existed in all American politician and want to eliminate them . Gaddafi is about to get Muslim brotherhood. the Muslim brotherhood want to seek help from Us. they use their skill of deception and liar. so they want to Us and convince our genus politician that their goal is for freedom and democracy. so our genus politician was given the aids they need .Once they overthrown Gaddafi they killed him savagely and in human. then they stated killing Coptic Christian and showed their real behavior of stabbing from the back and killed the American ambassador and four others. Now the factions are going to fight to each other.it is a civil war. people should that Islam is prescription of destruction.

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