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12:00 AM, June 22, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, June 22, 2018

Libya strongman's forces say key oil ports recaptured

A force led by Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar said yesterday it had recaptured two key oil export terminals, a week after they were attacked by a rival militia.

"Our armed forces have full control of the Ras Lanuf region," the force's spokesman Ahmed al-Mesmari said, later adding that it had also seized the Al-Sidra terminal.

Haftar, whose force is dominant in eastern Libya, announced earlier the same day an offensive to recapture the terminals after a week of clashes that slashed crude output, vital to Libya's economy.

"Zero hour has passed" to "crush the enemy", Haftar said in an audio message to his self-styled Libyan National Army, launching the operation in the country's northeastern oil crescent.

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