n February 2014 then-retired general Khalifa Haftar appeared on TV in Libya announcing that the General National Congress (GNC) had been dissolved. His actions were condemned at the time as a coup attempt and ridiculous.
|Nevertheless, Haftar embarked on a series of "town hall" meetings and began to build his own militia with the support of many who, like him, had experience in the Gadaffi military. Three months, later on May 16, he launched his Operation Dignity with ground and air attacks on pro-Islamic militants in Benghazi. Allies in the Zintan brigades carried out an attack on the Libyan parliament.|
Two of the main elements, the Libyan National Army (LNA) forces approaching from the east, and Misratan militias approaching from the west, fought each other near the town of Zillah on 3 May 2016, as the LNA took the opportunity to seize Jufra airbase from its rivals.