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Al Jazeera 5 Jun 2020

Libyan government 'retakes' Haftar stronghold Tarhuna


Libya's Deputy Defence minister says government troops have taken control of Tarhuna.
That is the last stronghold of renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar in northwest Libya - about 65 kilometres from the capital, Tripoli.
On Thursday, the UN-recognised government announced that it had regained full control of Tripoli.
Haftar's forces still hold large swaths of territory in the east and south of the country.

Libya's internationally-recognised government says it is gathering evidence of alleged war crimes committed by renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar's forces.
Mass graves have been discovered in one of his former strongholds.
Al Jazeera's Mahmoud Abdelwahed reports from Tarhuna, where many of the atrocities are said to have taken place.
Libya's UN-recognised government says it has retaken control of the Al Watiya airbase.
It was being used as renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar's headquarters in western Libya.
Al Jazeera's Laura Burdon-Manley has more.
Warlord Khalifa Haftar announced several offensives in his drive to take full control of Libya. He had the support of Russia, Egypt and the UAE and everything was going well for him until last month.
He suffered major blows in his battle to capture the capital Tripoli. And his plan to unseat the UN-recognised government based there, collapsed.
Haftar's military losses were accelerated by Turkey's military intervention in support of government forces.
Haftar has long resisted compromise, but now he's ready to talk.
He's accepted a ceasefire plan proposed by his ally, the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, that would start on Monday.
It would include foreign fighters leaving Libya.
But will this proposal even be considered?

Presenter: Laura Brennan

Guma El Gamaty, Special envoy of the Libyan Government of National Accord to Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and Mauritania.
Jamnes Moran, Former European Union's Senior coordinator in Lybia during the 2011 revolution.
Omar Ashour, Founding Chair of the Security Studies Programme at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies
There have been scenes of jubilation in Libya after the sudden end of renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar's 14-month offensive to seize the capital.
People crowded into the Tripoli's main square, celebrating the fall of the nearby city of Tarhuna.
It was the remaining stronghold of Haftar's forces and a strategically important base in the country's west.
The UN-recognised government said it had seized the city on Friday.
Al Jazeera's Mahmoud Abdelwahed has the story.

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