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Libyan army recovered more southern towns from terrorists

PARIS, France—Authorities in Libya say its eastern-based army has taken over more southern towns, according to the army’s information department on Friday, March 1, 2019.

“Murzuk, umm al-Arban, Hamira and Zwila are safe now after the armed forces entered as part of the operation launched by the Commander General Khalifa Haftar to clear the south,” the army’s information department said in a statement.

As part of showcasing the army’s progress, the department published images on its Facebook page of military vehicles and soldiers in the area.

On last Wednesday, the army’s spokesman said that the army was making significant progress in the region, pending Haftar’s orders to end the military action.

The army is allied with the eastern-based government, as Libya is politically divided between two governments in the east and the west, both competing for legitimacy

The army has been leading a military campaign against crime and terrorism in southern Libya since mid-January.

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Michael Harrington

Michael Harrington is a researcher and senior contributing reporter with Globe Afrique Media.

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