Haftar sent massive additional force to fight Turkish offensive in Sirte

TRIPOLI, (BM) – The Libyan National Army, led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has pushed additional military reinforcements to the city of Sirte in preparation for a new attack by the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) forces, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing AMN.

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The media center of the Libyan National Army’s “Al-Karamah” operations room tweeted that the “Thunderbolt 302 Battalion” had moved to western Sirte for the new battle.

The media center published photos showing a large convoy of dozens of military vehicles carrying equipment and personnel towards Sirte.

Meanwhile, a local military source confirmed to Russia’s Tass News Agency that the LNA had brought military reinforcements to the west of Sirte, stressing that “the armed forces are on the alert for combat inevitable developments.”

The source added: “We expect that the coming period will witness many events. We are prepared for any scenarios for its development.”

The first Sirte offensive by the Government of National Accord this year ended in a decisive defeat for the latter, as they were unable to penetrate into the strategic port-city.

Since the, the GNA and their allies have been heavily bombarding the Libyan Army’s positions in preparation for their upcoming assault, which seeks to capture Sirte and its surroundings.

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 Sarraj, 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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