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BENGHAZI, Libya, March 14 (Reuters) - 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 had started. (Reporting by Ayman al-Warfalli; Writing by Aidan Lewis; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)