WASHINGTON — After the NATO-led toppling of Libya’s longtime dictator Muamar Qaddafi, the country has fractured into rival groups and has descended into chaos.
Reuters reported that Islamists are fighting a faction led by a “renegade general” who has sworn to eliminate them.
Five people were killed in the recent clashes in Benghazi, which was the site of the deadly terrorist attacks on a U.S. Special Mission Compound and killed four Americans (including the American ambassador to Libya).
Khalifa Haftar, a general who has since declared war on the Islamist factions affiliated with al-Qaeda’s Ansar al-Sharia wing, has used war planes and anti-aircraft guns to get rid of Islamists. Regular army forces of Libya have joined Haftar’s unit to fight the Islamists, but success has been elusive.