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Khalifa Haftar urges forces to advance toward central Tripoli

Libyan Commander Khalifa Haftar urged his forces to advance toward the center of Tripoli on Thursday in what he said would be the “final battle” for the capital, in a speech broadcast on Al Arabiya TV.

Haftar, who heads the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA), launched an offensive in April to try to take control of Tripoli which stalled on the outskirts of the city.

He is now calling on his fighters to push towards central Tripoli in what he believed will bring an end to months old fight. Haftar critics see him as another strong man in the mold of long term leader Muammar Gaddafi.

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