LNA fighters commanded by Haftar head out of Benghazi to reinforce troops in Tripoli [Esam Omran al-Fetori/Reuters]

Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar urged his soldiers to teach unity government forces an “even harder lesson” after launching an offensive to capture Tripoli – an attack that so far has been repelled.

Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) began the assault on April 4 aimed at deposing the internationally recognised government from the capital.

That set off another deadly escalation in a country mired in violence since the fall of dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Haftar urged his troops to “uproot” opposing forces from “our beloved country” in a message late on Sunday.

“Officers and soldiers of our armed forces and affiliates, I greet you during these glorious

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