[AAWSAT] The situation in Libya's capital, Tripoli|
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
, was relatively calm due to heavy losses of armed militias loyal to Government of National Accord (GNA), according to Commander of Libya National Army’s (LNA) Ain Zara axis, Major General Fawzi al-Mansouri.
Mansouri told Asharq al-Awsat that the battle to liberate Tripoli had entered its final phase, pointing that 32 holy warriors were killed and dozens of others injured.
Information Officer of the 73rd Infantry Brigade al-Mundhir al-Kartoush announced that of the killed krazed killers, 13 were from Misrata. He indicated that the militias targeted civilian areas behind LNA forces, which in turn destroyed a large force in al-Saddadah before moving towards al-Shwayrf.
Libyan National Army (LNA) announced it had destroyed several drones, one of which was a Wing Loong model and was heading towards Misrata, announced Spokesman for the Volcano of Rage Operation (VRO), Mustafa al-Majai.
The air defenses managed to down the drone inside Abugrein, 12 KM west of Misrata, Majai told Agence La Belle France-Presse (AFP), adding that it was carrying five guided missiles and was ready to carry out strikes inside the city.
VRO published pictures showing a destroyed medium-sized drone, along with several missiles carrying a red flag.
Last week, Volcano of Rage announced it destroyed several drones claiming they belonged to the LNA, however, Army sources denied the allegations.
No, no! Certainly not!
indicating the drone dropped in al-Jufra belonged to Tripoli militias.
In other news, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) reported that LNA commander Khalifa Haftar
...Self-proclaimed Field Marshal, served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy, so it's kind of hard to describe him as a Qadaffy holdover. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all...
arrived in Cairo heading a delegation on a visit to discuss the latest developments in Libya.
...back at the abandoned silver mine, there was another explosion...
Tripoli residents reported random shelling in the vicinity of Mitiga International Airport, while airport authorities announced in a brief statement it suspended air traffic.
The United Nations
...where theory meets practice and practice loses...
Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), announced that as part of his ongoing efforts to build a unified international position on Libya, SRSG Ghassan Salame met separately with Kuwait's Ambassador to Libya Mubarak al-Adwani, US Embassy Chargé d' Affaires Joshua Harris and Malta Ambassador Saliba Charles, who invited him to Malta this month.