Ex-Libyan general battling Islamist militias faces dwindling support amid stalemate

By Erin Cunningham, July 8, 2014

TRIPOLI, Libya — Just weeks after he launched a popular revolt against the Islamist militants plaguing Libya’s east, rogue general Khalifa Hifter already is losing support for his war.

Many Libyans applauded Hifter’s push to drive extremists out of the eastern city of Benghazi when he first announced the military operation in May. After suffering years of armed attacks with little response from the government, Libyans saw in Hifter a bold figure willing to hit back at the gunmen stalking their streets.

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