Libyan National Army commander orders offensive on Tripoli

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Will General Haftar become the Libya’s new Gaddafi?

…by Sputnik News, Moscow

[ Editor’s Note: Who knows what this move by General Haftar will bring. Will the Tripoli government forces fight or withdraw, and if the latter, where to? Has anyone heard about US, NATO or EU intervention to stop Haftar from pushing the UN-backed government out of power? Why not?

Has Haftar been threatened with oil shipment boycotts like Venezuela, or is the timing of doing that not good, with oil prices already spiking? Is that maybe why Haftar is making this move now?

Another battle for Tripoli

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You analyze what is in front of you to gauge what is real and what is not, and also to look at what should be there and isn’t, as that can contain more important clues as to what is really going on and why.

So watch carefully what is or isn’t reported about this event, as we certainly will. It will be time to blow the dust off our early Libyan war archives, and check in with our old sources from that time.

Good sources are always the key to good reporting. That was the general rule, until Fake News came along. We were using the term five years ago, and no one followed us. It took Trump to make it a national term, and for that we thank himJim W. Dean ]

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– First published … April 04, 2019

Earlier, the Government of National Accord located in Tripoli, which is in control of the western part of the country, announced its military preparedness amid news of an advance of the Libyan National Army into the government’s territories.

Khalifa Haftar, head of the Libyan National Army (LNA), has ordered his forces to begin an offensive against Tripoli to “liberate it from terrorists”, referring to the Government of National Accord, led by Fayez al-Sarraj and formed with the support of the UN and the EU. Haftar called on citizens of Tripoli to lay down their arms and raise the white flag.

The head of the Libyan National Army expects to take control over the whole city within 48 hours, a source in the LNA told Sputnik.

The LNA has reportedly seized control over the cities of Surman and Garyan, located west and south of Tripoli respectively, Sky News Arabia reported. Haftar specifically instructed his soldiers not to shoot foreigners and ordinary citizens in his address to the army.

“Do not shoot at civilians, at those who are at home, who wave the white flag. Do not touch foreigners, these are our guests, we must ensure their protection and security”, he said.

 

The Government of National Accord (GNA) recently announced mobilisation, military preparedness, and the maximum level of emergency amid plans of the Libyan National Army to move further into GNA-controlled territories in the west.

According to Reuters, armed groups from the western Libyan city of Misrata have started moving towards Tripoli to reinforce its defences in the face of the upcoming offensive by the LNA.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is currently staying in Tripoli after going there to discuss a possible resolution to the country’s political crisis that would end the confrontation between the eastern and western parts of Libya. Guterres called on all parties to the conflict to stop the escalation, noting that there is no military solution to the country’s crisis.

READ MORE: Libya’s National Accord Government, Army Agree to Unify Institutions — Adviser

Libya has been embroiled in a severe political crisis since National Transitional Council forces, supported by NATO, murdered the country’s former head, Muammar Gaddafi. The country was eventually divided between the parliament, which was elected in 2014 and is based in the city of Tobruk as well as supported by the LNA, and the GNA, which was formed at the UN’s initiative and controls the western part of the country, including its capital, Tripoli.

The UN announced that it would hold a conference in Ghadames on 14-16 April in a bid to set a date for organising country-wide elections that would put an end to the diarchy and political turmoil in Libya.


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2 COMMENTS

  1. The crisis of unintended consequences. It’s of no use now to look back on the events that took place which threw Libya into a decade long struggle with chaos and one crisis after another thanks to the west. The idea of learning from past mistakes is lost on the leadership of the west. Are they really that stupid or are they simply following orders given them by the israelis?
    The seven countries in five years plan hasn’t gone exactly as planned by the zionist mafia especially with Syria nearly liberated and now with the American congress wanting U.S. troops out of Yemen and rebuking Saudi Arabia, it appears they are losing some control as a number of democrats refused to attend this year’s AIPAC meeting. Is this all a show for the public or is it genuine?
    The mess created in Libya thanks to the west’s aggressive policies in the middle east, one of destruction, death and chaos will not last forever as the west is now in decline and will continue to do so until it no longer has any power to do anything but try to survive.
    When that happens, the people of the middle east will breathe a sigh of relief.

  2. It’s not the right time to end CHAOS, just as every one is getting accustomed to it. No, solidarity and a cohesive single Lybian government are not conducive to the plans of world Zionism. Unless your name is Al-Sisi.

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