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Radical Islamic militias conquer more army bases, tightening grip on Benghazi

An umbrella group for eastern Libya's extremist militias says it overran three more army bases in the eastern city of Benghazi and seized large amounts of heavy weapons, including armored vehicles, as they tighten their grip on the country's second city.

The Benghazi Revolutionary Shura Council, composed of extremist militias like Ansar al-Shariah, posted pictures Wednesday of its leaders posing in front of tanks, multiple rocket launchers, and artillery they claimed to have seized from the bases they overran.

The pictures could not be independently verified but in the past weeks the militants seized several other bases belonging to the remnants of the Libyan army.

The Islamist militias launched a counteroffensive after units loyal to a renegade army general attempted to dislodge them from the city months earlier.

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