2019-09-11 Africa North||Foreign mercenaries fighting alongside Haftar's forces killed in airstrikes in southern Tripoli
[Libya Observer] The Air Force of the Libyan Army under the Presidential Council government's command has carried out three |Arclight airstrike
s on 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 in Qasir Benghashir in 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...
, destroying an artillery launcher and killing operational fighters believed to be foreigners.
According to identical sources, a number of mercenaries from Eastern Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
- some sources said they were Russians - who got to Libya recently to help operate Haftar's modern weapons were targeted by an airstrike in Qasir Benghashir. Many of the mercenaries were killed.
The field operations room in Tripoli said the Libyan Air Force of the Presidential Council's government had been on the look for the movement of Haftar's forces the lines of their supplies to eventually strike them with precision.
Anti-Haftar media outlets said days ago that mercenaries from Russia and Ukraine arrived in Jufra airbase where Haftar's forces are in control, adding that they are part of a security firm contracted by the UAE to support Haftar's forces in their attacks on Tripoli.
...back at the Hubba Hubba Club, Nunzio wondered: Where the hell was Chumbaloni? And where was his $600?...
the commander of Ain Zara frontline Yusef al-Ameen said calm has prevailed on Monday in the district after the recent advances of the Libyan Army against Haftar's forces.
This comes after Haftar's forces have launched an attack on the district with an air cover attempting to retake positions lost in Saturday festivities, but Special Deterrence Force fighters foiled the attack.
Uneasy calm has also descended on other southern Tripoli frontlines as both sides continue to bring military reinforcements, which is ominous of an imminent offensive by either side.
|Posted by Fred 2019-09-11 00:00||
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