Libyan general orders forces to capture capital

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Libyan military strongman General Khalifa Haftar has called on his forces to begin an advance aimed at capturing the capital, Tripoli.

The general’s statement came in a rare, live television broadcast.

In April, he launched a major attempt to seize the city  – which is held by Libya’s UN-backed government.

But the general’s forces met resistance, and they have long been bogged down in Tripoli’s southern outskirts.

There were no reports of any increased military activity in the area in the immediate aftermath of the television broadcast.

Titi