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Eastern Libya forces, moving west, say Tripoli key to national dignity

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BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Forces loyal to eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar are preparing a mission to “liberate the homeland from terrorism”, a force spokesman said on Wednesday, suggesting the capital Tripoli was a desirable destination.

Ahmed Mismari did not say directly whether his force would move on Tripoli in western Libya, which is controlled by the internationally recognised government opposing a parallel administration in the east.

But he said the Libyan National Army (LNA) was gathering forces for a possible mission “to liberate the homeland from terrorism.”

“We do not want Tripoli for the power or money, we want Tripoli for sake of the dignity and prestige of a strong state,” he told reporters.

(Reporting by Ayman al-Warfalli and Ahmed Elumami, Writing by Ulf Laessing, Editing by William Maclean)

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