Libya unity government backed by two armed groups in the east

Members of a brigade loyal to General Khalifa Haftar hold up their guns in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on December 17, 2014Two major armed groups in eastern Libya announced their support Saturday for the UN-backed national unity government as it struggles to establish its authority in the east of the country. The Government of National Accord (GNA), established in Tripoli more than two months ago, has been trying to unify violence-ridden Libya and exert its control over the entire North African country. Two major groups formerly loyal to Haftar, the special anti-terrorist force and a military intelligence brigade — decided to throw their lot in with the GNA.

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