One year after Gen. Khalifa Haftar announced an operation to liberate Benghazi from the clutches of extremist groups, the city remains in chaos, with Haftar’s Libyan National Army failing to make inroads into the city which sparked the country’s revolution against longtime dictator Col. Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Locals speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat say the situation in Benghazi remains bleak, with basic supplies and provisions hard to come by and extremist groups still in control of large parts of the Mediterranean coastal city.

Haftar, who now heads the country’s beleaguered and undersupplied army, launched Operation Dignity, a ground and air offensive against the Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries, a coalition of Islamist extremist groups and former anti-Gaddafi militias attempting to gain control of the city, in May of 2014. […]