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FILE - In this Friday, March 18, 2011 file photo, then Libyan senior Rebel commander Khalifa Hifter leaves a press conference in the court house in the center of Benghazi, eastern Libya. Gen. Khalifa Hifter has been waiting for his moment for decades. A top general under Moammar Gadhafi, he was tainted by a disastrous defeat in a war in Chad. Exiled in the United States, he joined the opposition but even since Gadhafi’s 2011 ouster he has struggled for a role, distrusted by other generals. Now supporters are flocking to his self-professed campaign to crush Islamists and bring stability. But there are fears his ultimate goal is to become a new strongman. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus, File)

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FILE - In this Friday, March 18, 2011 file photo, then Libyan senior Rebel commander Khalifa Hifter leaves a press conference in the court house in the center of Benghazi, eastern Libya. Libya's army chief ordered the deployment of Islamist-led militias to the capital Tripoli on Monday, May 19, 2014 in response to the storming of parliament by forces loyal to a renegade general, paving the way for a possible showdown between rival militia fighters. The revolt by Gen. Khalifa Hifter threatens to detonate the long volatile divisions among the multiple militias that dominate Libya amid the weakness of the central government and military. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus, File)

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In this Saturday, May 17, 2014 photo, Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter addresses a press conference in Benghazi, Libya. The death toll from fighting over the weekend in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi between troops loyal to Hifter, a rogue general, and Islamist militias has risen to at least 70, the Health Ministry said on Sunday. In a statement late Saturday, Libya's interim prime minister, parliament speaker and the head of military warned Hifter against further pursuing his offensive and threatened the troops cooperating with him. (AP Photo/Mohammed el-Shaiky)

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In this image made from video provided by the Libyan national army via AP Television, smoke rises over the parliament area after troops of Gen. Khalifa Hifter targeted Islamist lawmakers and officials at the parliament in Tripoli, Libya, Sunday, May 18, 2014. Forces loyal to a rogue Libyan general attacked the country's parliament Sunday, expanding his eastern offensive against Islamists into the heart of the country's capital. (AP Photo/Libyan national army)

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In this file image made from video provided by the Libyan national army via AP Television, Tripoli joint security forces on vehicles with heavy artillery stand guard on the entrance road to the parliament area after troops of Gen. Khalifa Hifter targeted Islamist lawmakers and officials at the parliament in Tripoli, Libya, on Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Libyan national army) ** FILE **