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The battle for Benghazi one neighborhood at a time

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 01:19

Military forces loyal to Libya's eastern government claim control of two key neighborhoods in Benghazi, building on gains against Islamist fighters. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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This is what victory looks like in Benghazi. Military forces loyal to Libya's eastern government said they have taken control of two key neighborhoods, building on gains made against Islamist fighters over the previous three days. Buildings have been cracked open. Piles of rubble hint at what once was. A soldier holds out hope for the future. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SOLDIER LOYAL TO LIBYA'S EASTERN GOVERNMENT, NAME UNKNOWN, SAYING: "Of course today, during the raid, there were no human losses. But we found residences completely blown up. We have asked for weapons so that we can completely secure the area. We want the citizens to be able to return to their homes safely. God willing." Benghazi has seen some of the worst violence in the conflict that has plagued Libya since Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in an uprising five years ago. In 2011 it is the site where militants killed U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans Now a unity government nominated under a UN-backed plan is struggling to win support within Libya -- but its progress has been hindered by political arguments as the warfare continues.

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The battle for Benghazi one neighborhood at a time

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 01:19