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Originally published May 18, 2014 at 11:13 PM | Page modified May 19, 2014 at 3:21 AM

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Libya army orders Islamist-led militias to capital

Libya's army chief has ordered the deployment of Islamist-led militias to the capital, a day after the storming of the parliament building in Tripoli by a renegade general's troops.


Associated Press

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TRIPOLI, Libya —

Libya's army chief has ordered the deployment of Islamist-led militias to the capital, a day after the storming of the parliament building in Tripoli by a renegade general's troops.

Monday's development paves way for a possible showdown between the militias -- which hail from Libya's western and central regions -- and the anti-Islamist troops allied with Gen. Khalifa Hifter who staged the parliament attack Sunday and said they suspended the Islamist-dominated house, blaming it for empowering Islamic extremists.

According to a statement posted on the official Facebook page of Libya's Chief of Staff media office, Nouri Abu Sahmain signed an order to "Libya's Central Shield" -- an umbrella group of powerful militias -- to confront "attempts to take over power" in Tripoli.



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