Sitting in one of the last buildings still intact after months of fighting near Benghazi’s airport, Libyan army special forces commander Wanis Bukhamada presides over a world of destruction.

His forces managed to stop an offensive of Islamist armed groups trying to take the airport in Benina, some 25 km (miles) south of the eastern city — just one battle in wider chaos gripping the major oil producer three years after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi.

“We’ve liberated Benina,” Bukhamada said, working from a farm-turned-office equipped with a fax machine and Thuraya satellite phone. […]