Ink hasn’t dried yet – ‘We will destroy Haftar’, LNA is moving towards Misrata
TRIPOLI, (BM) – The representative of the forces of the Government of the National Accord in Libya (GNA), Squadron Leader Mohammad Qanunu, announced that he will continue his military operations until the liberation of all cities nationwide, thus ignoring the ceasefire agreement announced by the Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Pentapostagma.
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In a tweet on his official Twitter account, Qanunu said: “We will never trust the announcement of a new ceasefire or truce, as we have seen many previous breaches and breaches.”
The spokesman confirmed, “We are determined to continue our military operations in order to legally defend ourselves, to attack threatening greenhouses and to stop the development of illegal groups in the country.”
He stressed that they will continue to liberate all the conquered cities, to face the injustice suffered by their inhabitants and to restore state authority.
The spokesman added: “The Libyan state – exclusively – has the right to use its resources, to manage its wealth, to export oil and to take a hard line against those who seek to starve the Libyan people and plunder its natural resources.”
The situation in Libya is escalating after the announcements for the creation of a large naval base from Turkey and Qatar in Misrata, which will become their base in the Mediterranean against Greece and Egypt.
Haftar’s military forces are moving against Misrata
Faraj Dardar, who is presented by the Brotherhood channels as a “political analyst and researcher”, said that there is currently a large military mobilization of Haftar forces on the borders of the areas of Sirte and Al Joufra, because the target of these forces is to reach the city of Misrata and occupy it.
Dardour claimed in a telephone interview with the Turkish channel TRT that the attempted attack by Haftar’s armed forces was aimed at invading the city of Misrata, as it is an old and modern permanent target for the Libyan general.
The reason is simple and concerns the position of the city with its port which is the “key” for the control of the whole region, while at the same time “looking” at the Mediterranean. Hundreds of its defenders have been killed in previous battles and the city is inhabited by Turkish-born Libyans.
The expert of the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood stressed that everyone knows that the city of Misrata is the “thorn” that stands behind the LNA forces, because from there the “Haftar militias” are in danger.
Faraj Dardar claimed that the occupation of Misrata would remain a long-term dream, because if LNA forces could enter it, they would not have been defeated in Tripoli, Tarhouna and Al Trawan.
He stressed that the European Union is under great pressure from France, because the war against Tripoli resulted in heavy civilian casualties and many violations.
Expert defense analysts estimate the scenario of “bombing” by unknown fighter jets in the evening hours, it is possible in the near future, especially after the announcement of Turks, Qataris and Libyans of Tripoli about control of the Mediterranean with a naval base.
After all, the same scenario is being implemented at the Al Vatiya air base, which is bombed every three or so times by “unknown fighters”, since new Turkish-made anti-aircraft systems were first installed there.
At the same time, the head of the Tripoli government, Al-Sarraj, allegedly announced an immediate ceasefire throughout Libya, on the condition that Sirte and Al Joufra be demilitarized at the behest of Ankara, which by the way demands exactly the same for all the Greek islands adjacent to the coasts of Asia Minor, home to 100,000 Aegean soldiers.
Turkey demands and behaves arrogantly throughout the Mediterranean as if it owns the region, which shows the very difficult situation of the Turkish government and Erdogan, who has opened so many fronts, which of course he can not close.
It should be reminded here that General Haftar has not yet mentioned anything about the “agreed” ceasefire between Saraj and Saleh, perhaps implying his disagreement with a “truce” on such terms.
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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