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2019-08-06 Africa North
Dozens killed in airstrike on Tabu tribesmen in Murzuk town
[Libya Observer] At least 40 people were killed and more than 60 others maimed in a dronezap carried by warlord 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...
’s air force on Murzuk town, south Libya, on Sunday.

Media outlets loyal to Haftar claimed they had targeted "Chadian mercenaries", a label they use to describe Tabu tribe which is at odds with the warlord.

Local activists posted a video on social media showing bodies of the victims after the Arclight airstrike
The 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...
-based Presidential Council has strongly condemned the airstrike and held Haftar’s militia groups responsible for the horrific crime.

In a statement, the Presidential Council demanded the UN mission in Libya to set up a probe into Haftar’s crimes in Murzuk.

The southern town of Murzuk has descended into tribal unrest after the invasion of warlord Khalifa Haftar’s gangs to southern Libya early this year before retreating to Tripoli leaving behind a security vacuum and tribal festivities between pro and anti-Haftar residents of the south.

Murzuk: 2019-02-07 Libya's Presidential Council calls for ceasefire in the south
Murzuk: 2019-02-05 Airstrike kills seven Tabu tribesmen in Murzuk town
Murzuk: 2017-04-07 Tebu body rejects Rome deal with Tuareg and Awlad Suleiman

Tabu tribe: 2019-07-13 Haftar's militias are triggering clashes in Murzuq, government says
Tabu tribe: 2019-02-05 Airstrike kills seven Tabu tribesmen in Murzuk town
Tabu tribe: 2018-06-01 Armed group attacks Tamanhint airbase, south Libya, and takes brief control
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