Libyan Forces retake strategic airbase

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The internationally-recognised government in Libya says its forces have taken a strategically important airbase from fighters loyal to renegade Gen Khalifa Haftar – the military commander who’s been besieging Tripoli for more than year.

A spokesman for the Goverment of National Accord (GNA) announced the capture of al-Watiya airbase near the Tunisian border.

It’s a symbolic success for the counter-offensive that the GNA has been mounting against Gen Haftar’s forces for the past month.

The airbase has been an important asset for Gen Haftar for several years – its loss is another setback to his drive against the GNA from his power base in eastern Libya.