The anti-Islamist campaign led by the renegade general Khalifa Haftar appeared to suffer a significant setback on 21 July when the radical group Ansar al-Sharia overrun two neighbouring bases in Benghazi.

The Camp 319 and 36th Battalion bases in the city’s Bu Atni neighbourhood were defended by the Al-Saiqa special forces unit the latter announced its support for Haftar when he launched Operation ‘Dignity’ against Islamist militias in May.

Both Al-Jazeera and the Libyan Herald cited unidentified sources as saying the Ansar al-Sharia attack was repulsed with the help of the Libyan Air Force, much of which is loyal to Haftar. […]