Haftar went on the offensive in Libya; Civilians killed in Syria; Turkish intelligence in Libya

PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on January 7 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:

Sirte fell: Marshal Haftar went on the offensive

The Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has deployed his troops in the city of Sirte in the north of the country on the Mediterranean coast, RIA Novosti reports with reference to a local military source.

Haftar’s troops, namely, the airborne assault units, have already taken control of the city’s seaport, as well as the al-Saadi military camp in Sirte and the Al-Kardabiya base, according to the information portal Address Libya.

When the Haftar fighters entered the city, they were greeted by local residents who took to the streets en masse. Militias associated with the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (PNC), withdrew troops from the city as soon as the LNA forces entered it.

Captain Omar Abessit, commander of the 192nd LNA Infantry Battalion, confirmed that Haftar’s armed forces took control of a number of important military installations in the Bohadi region east of Sirte.

In general, Haftar’s troops control most of the city.

“Our army forces control all areas in Sirte, and we are heading to the city center to complete its liberation,” said Khaled al-Majub, spokesman for the LNA.

Over 20 civilians massacred in Syria’s Raqqah

At least 27 civilians have been found dead in Syria’s Raqqah province, local sources said on Monday.

According to the sources, the victims, who were local sheep herders, were beheaded and left in Madan and Sapha districts.

The whereabouts of ten more people was still unknown, the sources said.

The incident coincided with the passage of a convoy of Iran-backed terrorist groups who were en route to Raqqah to provide military support to the Bashar al-Assad regime’s forces.

For its part, Raqqah is Being Slaughtered Silently, a local news network, shared on its Twitter account a video of the victims and identified 21 of them.

The civil war in Syria began in early 2011 when the Assad regime cracked down on protestors with unexpected ferocity, which led to hundreds of thousands of deaths and the displacement of millions.

Turkish intelligence ‘thoroughly fulfilling duties in Libya,’ says President Erdoğan

Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MIT) is thoroughly fulfilling its duties in Libya, President Erdoğan said on Monday.

“The Turkish National Intelligence Organization is now one of the most powerful and prestigious intelligence organizations in the world,” Erdoğan said at the opening ceremony of MIT’s new headquarters in capital Ankara.

Since the start of the Syrian crisis, Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MIT) has played a major role in the success of the nation’s cross-border operations, he added.

Since 2016, Turkey has launched a trio of successful anti-terrorist operations across its border into northern Syria, to prevent the formation of a terrorist corridor there: Operations Euphrates Shield (2016), Olive Branch (2018), and Peace Spring (last October).

“The role of national intelligence in solving the murder of [Saudi journalist Jamal] Khashoggi was outstanding and made our country proud at the international level,” Erdoğan said.

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Source: Gazeta, Yeni Safak