Haftar decided to bet on old Soviet T-62 tanks to fight in Libya
TRIPOLI, (BM) – Field Marshal Haftar’s T-62 tanks are gaining ground in the Libyan National Army (LNA). Previously, T-55s were mainly used, T-72s of old modifications were also found, but in much smaller quantities, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
Now “sixty-two” seems to be becoming the main. Such a conclusion can be made by reading the video materials of the LNA information bureau. Last Saturday, Haftar made inspection trips to the locations of his units.
He visited one of the units where the armed tanks were presented. In total, you can count twenty cars in the video. Of these, three are T-55, sixteen T-62 and only one T-72.
The first combat vehicles armed with 115 mm smoothbore guns were received by the Jamahiriya from the Soviet Union in the 70s. As part of the Libyan army, they were first used during the short summer war of 1977 with neighboring Egypt, which, incidentally, had a similar technique. Later, according to some reports, the “sixty-second” had to fight in Chad.
By the beginning of the civil war that erupted in 2011, T-62s were withdrawn from the troops and were at storage bases. They began to restore and return them to operation a couple of years ago, and now, due to large losses, their number has increased dramatically. Judging by the fresh paint, the tanks were repaired recently.
Also in the report you can see armored cars of various types and 130-mm towed M-46 guns. Judging by recent events, the parties involved in the conflict have not yet sought a ceasefire and are intensively preparing for the continuation of hostilities.
The Libyan national army will fight against Turkey and its mercenaries, Haftar said
The Libyan national army will fight against Turkey and its mercenaries, Haftar said while inspecting the military camp in Benghazi, made a statement about the main goal of the Libyan National Army (LNA) on July 6.
According to the commander-in-chief, it consists in combating Turkish expansion and hired militants who arrived in Libya from Ankara, and not with the so-called Government of National Accord (GNA).
According to the channel Al Hadath, on the eve of Haftar visited the military camp of Gary Eunice, where he spoke to the military. Haftar called all the military a duty to liberate Libya from the “evil elements” and ensure the stability so necessary for the country.
According to Haftar, “a soldier is a status that is given to those who show allegiance to their country. A status that not everyone deserves.” In his opinion, a soldier is a person who has been taught to fight, to sacrifice everything for the sake of the Motherland and to be organized.
The Libyan military, according to Haftar, needs to remember why and against whom they are fighting. Their enemies are foreign occupiers and militants. Libya is now in a difficult situation – Turkey is making attempts to capture it with the help of Syrian militants.
The task of the LNA is to drive them out of the country and restore peace to their homeland. At the end of his speech, Haftar thanked the loyal LNA fighters.
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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