Haftar promised to fight Turkish ‘jihad’ in Libya until complete victory
TRIPOLI, (BM) – The commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has promised to continue the fight against Turkey and its ally, the Government of National Accord (GNA) of Libya, led by Faiz Sarraj
The Libyan commander shared his future plans in an appeal to the inhabitants of the North African country on the occasion of the Eid al-Fitr (Uraza-Bairam) holiday, writes the Pan-Arab newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat.
The LNA commander said that “the jihad (holy war. – ed.) of the armed forces to restore the security and stability of Libya will continue.” He called on his troops to fight “colonization” by Turkey until victory was achieved.
“You are conducting an open holy war on all fronts. This is a comprehensive war that can only end in victory. Since we fought the war on terrorism, we will fight until the (Turkish) colonizer is defeated,” the marshal promised.
Local media controlled by the Libyan National Army showed footage of mobilization of the 128th Infantry Regiment from the eastern city of Benghazi. The unit has been deployed to the front line in Tripoli in order to strengthen the forces of the LNA already deployed there. “We traveled 1,000 kilometers to win. We see no reason for a retreat,” the commander of the 128th regiment of the LNA said on air.
As BulgarianMilitary.com reported, the LNA Air Force is preparing “unprecedented strikes” against Turkish targets in a North African country. “In the coming hours, you will see the largest air campaign in the history of Libya,” said Sakra al-Jarusha, commander of the LNA Air Force, in a written statement circulated May 21.
“All of Turkey’s positions and interests in all (Libyan) cities are legitimate goals for our aircraft, and we urge the civilian population to stay away from them” he added.
Events in Libya last week developed rapidly. On May 18, Haftar’s troops lost control of Al-Vatiya air base south of Tripoli, hurriedly leaving it under the pressure of Turkish-backed GNA formations. On May 20, the LNA command announced the unilateral withdrawal of its forces from the front line along the perimeter of the Libyan capital, where the GNA is sitting, for 2-3 kilometers as a sign of goodwill before the end of the holy month of Muslims Ramadan (May 23) and the onset of the Eid al-Fitr holiday. However, the truce proposed by Haftar was rejected by Saraj. The GNA said that in this way the LNA commander is trying to cover up his latest military failures.
Libyan civil war
In Libya, armed clashes are currently taking place between supporters of different leaders. The country is led by the Government of National Accord (GNA), headed by Prime Minister Fayez Saraj, the “eastern government” led by Abdullah Abdurrahaman at-Thani.
The eastern government is supported by the commander of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar.
Recall that January 13 in Moscow, negotiations were held between the heads of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalif Haftar and the Government of National Accord (GNA) Faiz Sarraj. Also present were members of the Foreign Ministries of Russia and Turkey.
On the meeting the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has notified Russia about the conditions for continuing negotiations on the signing of a peace agreement in Libya.
According to the requirements of Haftar, the militias operating in Libya are required to surrender weapons in the period from 45 to 90 days. This process should be controlled by a special commission created by the LNA together with the UN
Haftar also refused to recognize Turkey as an intermediary in resolving the situation in Libya, since the Turkish side is not neutral and supports the Government of National Accord (GNA).
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