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LNA’s defense forces shot down a Turkish-made drone over city of Sirte

TRIPOLI, (BM) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) announced on Thursday that its defense forces shot down a Turkish-made drone over the strategic city of Sirte, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Al-Masdar News. agency.

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The Libyan Army Air Force officer, Mahmoud Al-Marghani, said that Turkey “this morning, a Turkey flew a drone from one of its bases in Misrata towards the city of Sirte to target Libyan Army’s positions.”

Al-Marghani added that “the air defense media targeted the plane before it reached any Libyan Army site, and it was shot down near the western coast of the city of Sirte.”

The city of Sirte, which was the birthplace of the former Libyan President Mu’ammar Al-Gaddafi, was captured by the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) in 2015 and later retaken by the GNA forces.

In early 2020, the Libyan National Army would take control of Sirte after launching a quick attack in north-central Libya.

It is noteworthy to mention that the front stretching from Sirte in the east, to Misrata in the west, has witnessed for several days a relatively calm period between the Libyan Army and Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) forces.

However, this brief period of calm is not expected to last for long, as both forces have been amassing their troops along the western front of Sirte, in anticipation for a major battle near the coast.

Libyan civil war

Having ruled the country since 1969, Muammar Gaddafi was ousted and killed in the 2011 civil war. As a result, the country found itself in a situation of dual power: in the east, a parliament is sitting in Tobruk, supported by the Libyan national army, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, and in the west, in Tripoli, a government of national accord.

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).

At the same time, the GNA is actively supporting Turkey, and Egypt and Saudi Arabia are on the side of the LNA. Its unofficial allies are France and the UAE.

Ruling the country since 1969, Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown and killed during the 2011 civil war. As a result, the country found itself in a situation of dual power: in the east, a parliament sits in Tobruk, supported by the Libyan national army of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, and in the west in Tripoli, a government of national accord. At the same time, the PNC actively supports Turkey, and Egypt and Saudi Arabia are on the side of the LNA. Its unofficial allies are France and the UAE.

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