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Libya names onetime rogue general as army chief of staff

Libya names onetime rogue general as army chief of staff

As word emerged Monday of a gruesome new round of Islamic State beheadings, Libya’s internationally recognized government installed a onetime rogue anti-Islamist general as army chief.

Gen. Khalifa Haftar, who has emerged as a divisive figure since beginning a self-styled offensive last year, took the oath of office a week after he was tapped for the top defense post, said a spokesman for the legislature based in the eastern town of Tobruk. A rival parliament sits in Tripoli.

As Haftar has directed his main efforts against Islamist-leaning armed factions based in the western city of Misrata, Islamic State militants have taken advantage of the chaos and...

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