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Why is renegade military chief Khalifa Haftar trying to take over Tripoli? We explain the battle for Libya’s capital.

An intense battle for Libya’s capital, Tripoli, has killed more than 200 civilians and displaced thousands of people.

The offensive is being led by a renegade military commander named Khalifa Haftar who is fighting militias loyal to the UN-recognised Government of National Accord.

But who is Haftar, which countries support him and which world powers back the GNA?

Start Here explains what is behind the fight for Libya and why the international community has struggled to stop it.