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In Libya, Islamist rebels claim control of Benghazi
In Libya, Islamist rebels claim control of Benghazi

Islamist militias said they had taken control of Libya's second largest city, Benghazi, on Thursday, declaring it "an Islamic emirate." The announcement comes a day after the militant group Ansar al Sharia defeated government troops fighting alongside rogue former general Khalifa Haftar's army to take over the biggest special forces base in the city. The group joined forces with other Islamist militias under the umbrella of the Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries. Mohamed Al Zahawi, head of Ansar al Sharia, congratulated his followers for a "victory and conquest." "Benghazi is an Islamic emirate under our rule from now on," Al Zahawi...

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