TRIPOLI, (BM) – Two Russian-made MiG-29 fighters attacked the short-range air defense systems deployed by Turkey in Sirte, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing the news agency Aviapro. Turkish soldiers tried to prepare a springboard for the assault on the city of Sirte in Libya, but the idea turned into a fiasco.
The fighters that appeared destroyed the air defense systems designed to protect the positions of the Turkish troops, the forces of the Government of National Accord and the pro-Turkish jihadists.
The radars were unable to detect the approach of the aircraft, and no fire was opened on them. EW means were probably used.
The publication notes that there is no information yet about which specific complexes were destroyed. The data used by the sources is different. According to one information, the fighters managed to destroy three air defense systems and one air defense system.
The second source assures that the planes hit exclusively anti-aircraft installations. The publication notes that with the appearance on the side of the Libyan National Army of Russian-made MiG-29 fighters belonging to the Syrian Air Force, the Syrian offensive operation has been disrupted for the third time. The time gained allows the LNA to prepare and launch a counterattack.
The LNA called on Turkey to leave Libya
Earlier today [July 31 – ed.] we reported that according the LNA spokesman statement the ceasefire in Libya can only be established after Turkey completely leaves Libya.
Al-Mismari also accused Turkey of using the ceasefire to smuggle arms and mercenaries into Libya on merchant ships. He also said that Turkey is using American tanks and Hawk air defense systems in Libya.
In conclusion, he noted that the LNA has strengthened its positions in Sirte, al-Jufra and in the “oil crescent” region.
Let us recall that the city of Sirte and its environs are the point at which the main combat forces of the parties, the Libyan National Army (LNA) and the GNA forces are concentrated. However, international pressure has so far kept the forces from attacking.
The Turkish side, which supports the PNC, said that in order to declare a truce, the LNA must transfer control of the city to the GNS forces. In turn, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said that Cairo would send troops to Libya if the GNA violated the “red line” and took Sirte and the Al-Jufra region.
The capture of Sirte will open the way to oil reserves – an outlet to the oil-bearing region – the “oil crescent” of Libya.
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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