Libyan air force base in eastern city says joins renegade general’s forces


A Libyan air force base in the eastern city of Tobruk said on Monday it was allying itself with a renegade general who has promised to purge the country of Islamist militants.A statement from the air base said its personnel wanted to fight what it called extremists, echoing the rhetoric of General Khalifa Haftar.”The Torbuk air force base will join…the army under the command of General Khalifa Qassim Haftar,” the statement said.Staff at the air base confirmed its authenticity.Heavily-armed gunmen apparently loyal to Haftar had stormed parliament on Sunday demanding it be suspended and power handed over to a 60-member body that is rewriting Libya’s constitution.

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