GNA intelligence: Haftar reinforces Al Jufra airbase with fresh forces
TRIPOLI, (BM) – The operational command of the armed formations of the Government of National Accord (GNA) on the eve, on August 30, detected the transfer by the Libyan National Army (LNA) of Marshal Khalifa Haftar of additional forces to the Jufra airbase south of the port city of Sirte, located 450 km east of Tripoli, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Libya Observer.
According to the GNA intelligence, the transferred contingent includes fighters from “the Sudanese Janjaweed, Wagner’s group, mercenaries from Syria and Yemen.”
“In addition to trucks with ammunition and other logistical support, 112 pieces of heavy equipment proceeded to Al Jufru,” the GNA said.
According to the government in Tripoli, LNA commanders have mobilized hundreds of Chadian mercenaries and Sudanese militias from the Janjaweed at a training camp in Zillah, and have set up checkpoints along the road from Sirte to Al Jufra.
“All ground and air units (GNA) were ordered to be on the alert and keep their hands on the trigger in the event of any violation (ceasefire regime) or attack,” the GNA said.
As reported by BulgarianMilitary.com, LNA officials rejected the Libyan PNS ceasefire initiative announced on August 21. The LNA command called the GNA proposal under the leadership of Faiz Saraj “a marketing move.” However, no new clashes on the Libyan front have been recorded in recent days, the “regime of silence” is de facto observed.
In his first statement after the previously announced idea of establishing a truce, LNA press secretary Ahmed al-Mismari pointed to the continuing concentration of Saraj’s troops on the approaches to Sirte. According to him, the LNA forces based in the east do not take seriously the “peace initiative” of the pro-Turkish GNA and are ready to respond to any attempt to attack their positions in the Sirte area, as well as the Jufra airbase located to the south of it.
The Saraj government announced its readiness for a ceasefire in the event of the “demilitarization” of Sirte (currently this large settlement is under the control of the LNA) and called for the resumption of oil production and export from the North African country.
“The initiative presented by Saraj is for the media and is a marketing ploy,” said al-Mismari. “There is a build-up of the military potential of the PNS and the withdrawal of weapons to target our forces in Sirte.”
“If Saraj wanted a ceasefire, he would have pulled his forces back rather than moving towards our positions in Sirte,” added the LNA spokesman.
Recall that in Libya, the absentee confrontation is growing between Turkey, which takes care of the GNA under the leadership of Faiz Saraj and sent thousands of Syrian Islamist militants, as well as strike systems, to the Libyan front, and the Arab monarchies of the Persian Gulf, among which the United Arab Emirates stands out.
More about Janjaweed – the Arab pro-government militia in Sudan.
Janjaweed is the Western media name for the Arab pro-government militia in Sudan, known for the conflict in Darfur that began in 2003. Although the conflict is described as clashes between nomadic light-skinned “Arabs” (Omar al-Bashir) and dark-skinned farmers, in reality it is more complex, since clashes regularly occur between opponents of the central government, and between “Arab” troops, which are central authorities arm.
In addition, in Sudan itself, the term “janjaweed” does not mean pro-government militias, but gangsters, which further complicates the understanding of the situation.
The Janjaweed was formed as a sign of support for the Sudanese regular army in the fight against rebels from the Sudan Liberation Army and the Justice and Equality Movement.
However, their support turned into punitive actions against the civilian population. The main means of transportation are horses, camels and Toyota Land Cruiser jeeps. The supposed leader is Musa Hilal. On July 25, 2019, about 1,000 Janjaweed fighters arrived in Libya to support Haftar’s forces in the offensive against Tripoli.
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.
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