2019-08-21 Africa North||Uneasy calm descends on Tripoli frontlines as Haftar's forces advance on Gharyan fails
[Libya Observer] As southern 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...
frontlines have been seeing an uneasy calm with some intermittent festivities between the Libyan Army forces and 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 forces, the latter, positioned in Urban town between Gharyan and Tarhouna, have attempted to advance on Gharyan but failed.
A source from the operations room of Volcano of Rage Operation of the Libyan Army in Gharyan said they had managed to thwart Haftar's forces attack and attempted advance on the city via Ghout al-Reeh in south Gharyan, adding that they are in full control of the area and the whole city of Gharyan.
The source indicated that Gharyan Protection Force backed by western military zone forces started combing through all areas around Ghout al-Reeh toward Urban town.
In the meantime, a source from Volcano of Rage Operation said the Libyan Army under the command of the Presidential Council's government is preparing for the next phase of the fighting - the biggest battle - against Haftar's forces in southern Tripoli.
"The Libyan Army is setting up two control rooms of drones ahead of a turning point for the air power in this fighting against Haftar's forces." The source added, denying that Haftar's warplanes hit any of their drones or control rooms.
According to the source, groups of fighters from Haftar's forces with their weapons are constantly surrendering to the Libyan Army and the latest group was two days ago on Ain Zara frontline.
"Upon interrogating some of them, they said they no longer have trust in their leaders as they haven't been contacted for advancing or any other orders for a long time." The source further added.
|Posted by Fred 2019-08-21 00:00||
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