‘Renegade’ Libya General Conducts Airstrikes on Tripoli

Attacks Targeted 'Islamist-Leaning Militia'

by Jason Ditz, August 18, 2014

Commanders in the self-proclaimed army of renegade Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter have claimed credit for overnight airstrikes in the capital city of Tripoli, resolving the mystery of who was responsible.

Locals began reporting planes overhead and mysterious explosions late last night. The Hifter army, which has been launching a coup over the past months, has the support of much of Libya’s former air force.

Adding to the questions, however, Gen. Hifter himself claimed the attacks were part of a “joint operation” between his troops and the international community, aiming to target Islamist-leaning militias.

Hifter launched the coup in the name of ousting parliament, which he claimed was also dominated by Islamists. Several militias have gone to bat for parliament in resisting the coup, though they have also fought amongst themselves for important territory, bringing Libya into another complicated, multi-faceted civil war.

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