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    Libyan forces loyal to eastern commander Khalifa Haftar ride a pickup truck at the Zueitina oil terminal in Zueitina, west of Benghazi, Libya

    Eastern Libyan Forces Push West Against Jihadists, Tripoli Gov't - Spokesman

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    Forces loyal to Libya's Tobruk-based Council of Deputies have advanced to the west of the country's oil crescent coastal area after pushing militants and troops loyal to the rival Tripoli-based government out of the Bin Jawad town, army spokesman Khalifa Obeidi told Sputnik on Sunday.

    RAJMAH (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, the spokesman said that eastern Libyan forces, led by Gen. Khalifa Haftar, repelled a jihadist attack in Libya's oil crescent on the Mediterranean shore where its major oil terminals are located. Haftar gained full control of the oil crescent area earlier in September.

    "The armed forces were able to take control of the Bin Jawad area after clashes with armed groups and radicals. Troops were able to advance into the area after the groups attempted to attack Ras Lanuf," Obeidi said.

    Libya has been in a state of turmoil since 2011, when longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown after several months of civil war. The country was later contested by two rival governments, the internationally-recognized Council of Deputies and the Tripoli-based General National Congress.

    On March 31, the long-anticipated UN-backed Government of National Accord in Libya started to perform its duties. The government has so far failed to unite the country.

    Daesh, which is a militant jihadist organization outlawed in many countries, including Russia, also maintains significant presence in the country, especially in and round Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte to the west of Bin Jawad.


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