Sparring between the two camps began in 468

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Sparring between the two camps began in 468. Leo decided to launch a large- scale expedition  against the Vandals in North Africa, and Basiliscus arranged his own command of it, to position  himself for eventual imperial rule. After landing, however, Basiliscus did not take advantage of  early victories by subordinates, and allowed Vandal leader Gaiseric to trick him by false offers of  surrender. Instead, the Vandals prepared a fleet of fire-boats, with which they incinerated the  Byzantine fleet. Basiliscus fled the scene prematurely, and was forced to seek refuge in St.  Sophia in Constantinople. Aspar as well was tainted by the defeat. Attempting to even the scales,  in 469 he plotted an assassination of Zeno, yet was thwarted at the last moment. In 471 his son  Ardabur even tried to woe Isaurian clans away from Zeno. His patience exhausted, Leo had  Aspar and his son killed the same year by palace guards. Leo died in 474, having assured his people a spell of Orthodoxy and comparative peace. He had 
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