2019-09-04 Africa North||Haftar's forces prepare for a new offensive on Libya's Gharyan
[Libya Observer] The commander of Gharyan Protection Force Abdullah Kishlaf said 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 have been deploying fighters one more time to Urban town - 30 km to eastern Gharyan city.
Kishlaf told news hounds that the new movements by Haftar's forces are another attempt to retake the city, adding that Gharyan Protection Force is ready to foil any new attacks.
He indicated that the Presidential Council's government had provided them with more military assistance and backup and that the force has public support in the region, which will make it easier to thwart any new offensive.
According to different sources, armored vehicles and tanks as well as ammunition arrived in Urban town on Sunday to the hands of Haftar's forces who are positioned in there before a possible attack on Gharyan.
A source close to Haftar's forces command said Haftar had given orders for regaining control of Gharyan before October this year.
"One reason for that is reassuring Haftar's supporters that he is still strong and capable of winning the war; the second is that Haftar thinks the forces securing Gharyan are weak and thus his forces who come from the same area and know the region well can win control. While the third reason is Haftar's desire to control strength positions to have a better and tougher negotiations' position if the international community managed to resume the political process." The source said.
|Posted by Fred 2019-09-04 00:00||
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