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Libya: Haftar to Launch Military Operation to Liberate South

Libya: Haftar to Launch Military Operation to Liberate South

Saturday, 20 October, 2018 - 10:00
Libyan National Army commander Khalifa Haftar arrives at a meeting in La Celle-Saint-Cloud near Paris on July 25, 2017. Philippe Wojazer / Reuters

The Libyan National Army leadership stated that it is planning a wide-scope military operation in the south of the country to eradicate the Sudanese, Chad, and local opposition groups and gangs.

The spokesman for the Libyan National Army, Brigadier General Ahmad al-Mesmari, said that Libyan National Army commander Khalifa Haftar is planning to eradicate Sudanese, Chad and local insurgent groups that are threatening the national and strategic security in the south.

Mesmari told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that the army won’t allow these members to use the Libyan territories as long as they threaten the country’s security and stability. He added that the dilemma facing the army is the current embargo imposed by the international community against arming the Libyan National Army.

The Libyan parliament called on Haftar, Thursday, to send military reinforcements urgently to Southern Libya in order to expel Chad opposition gangs that are having ongoing clashes with residents there.

Moreover, Mesmari refused to respond to reports on an imminent announcement to be made on Wednesday regarding an agreement to unify the Libyan military institutions. He announced in a brief statement on his Facebook account the resumption of the meetings in Cairo among the committees of unification of the Libyan military institutions.

Further, Obeidat tribe held a protest in the port of Al-Harika in Tobruk, nearby the border with Egypt, against appointing Ali Al-Issawi as the new minister of economy in the GNA.

In another context, Haftar ordered the resumption of investigations in the case of the assassination of Major General Abdel Fatah Younis, the commander of the Libyan army.

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