BENGHAZI, Libya, March 14 East Libyan forces
launched a ground offensive on Tuesday to recapture the oil port
of Ras Lanuf, one of two terminals they lost control of earlier
this month, a senior military official said.
The eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) has been
mobilising ground forces and carrying out air strikes as it
prepares to try to retake Ras Lanuf and Es Sider from a rival
faction known as the Benghazi Defence Brigades.
Akram Buhaliqa, an LNA commander in the nearby city of
Ajdabiya, confirmed local media reports that a counter attack
(Reporting by Ayman al-Warfalli; Writing by Aidan Lewis;
Editing by Robin Pomeroy)