Forces allied to Libya’s elected government seized a western mountain town after heavy airstrikes drove back rival militias on Monday, as warplanes also bombed Tripoli’s only functioning airport, killing two people, officials said.

The bombings of Matiga air base under control of Islamist-allied militias ? appear to be part of efforts by the elected government to retake the capital.

The combat is part of an ongoing power struggle between the elected government that was forced to leave the capital and convene in Libya’s far east, and a rival alliance of Islamists and militias from the city of Misrata who have controlled Tripoli since August. […]