Libya Rebels Capture Key Coastal City

(New York Times) Declan Walsh - Libyan rebels loyal to anti-Islamist militia leader Khalifa Hifter seized control of the key coastal city of Surt on Monday after persuading a local militia to switch sides. The Tripoli government's authority has shrunk to a 250-mile strip of coastline. Turkish President Erdogan has become the Tripoli government's last major patron. In the past week Ankara has deployed Syrian irregulars to Libya, drawn from units that fought the Kurds in northeastern Syria last year.

2020-01-08 00:00:00

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