Renegade Libyan general Khalifa Haftar denied being motivated by power in a broad-ranging interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, but stressed that his forces are on their way to the capital Tripoli.

The former Libyan army chief, who announced an unsuccessful coup against the central government earlier this year, specified that “Operation Dignity” aims to “purge” Islamist militants from Libya, specifically the “terrorist” Muslim Brotherhood.

Tensions continue to mount in the eastern city of Benghazi where Haftar loyalists—the self-proclaimed Libyan National Army—are fighting Islamist militias. The central government, for its part, has condemned the attack, describing the Haftar-led army as an illegitimate organization. With government troops on high alert in the capital and foreign diplomatic staff fleeing the country, Libya appears to be on the verge of a civil war. […]