Pipelines are seen at the industrial zone at the oil port of Ras Lanuf, Libya January 11, 2017. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori
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commander, exposes oil port defensesA previous attempt by the Benghazi Defense Brigades to capture the ports had failed.The LNA says it is mobilizing for a counterattack, personally overseen by Haftar, against the BDB, the most recent armed faction to contest ports that should account for more than half of the OPEC member's exports.Peeling away tribal support, Haftar ousted Ibrahim Jathran, a commander of Libya's Petroleum Facilities Guard who had become unpopular for demanding money to end a port blockade.The National Oil Corporation in Tripoli was quickly invited to reopen the ports, and Libya's production more than doubled to 600,000 bpd.A group of nearly 40 pro-Haftar members of Libya's eastern Parliament voted this week to drop support from the GNA's leadership and withdraw from U.N.-mediated dialogue.
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