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Libya’s Haftar Dealt Setback in Fighting West of Tripoli

Khalifa Haftar
Khalifa HaftarPhotographer: Aris Messinis/AFP via Getty Images

Forces loyal to Libya’s internationally recognized government said Monday they’d seized control of a western town that served as a key military base for rival military commander Khalifa Haftar.

The capture of Sabrata was announced by Col. Mohamed Konunu, spokesman for the forces that back Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj’s government. The statement was carried on the military’s official Facebook page. Konunu also said they took the town of Sorman.