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Libya's Haftar Vows to Carry on Fight against Turkey, GNA

Libya's Haftar Vows to Carry on Fight against Turkey, GNA

Monday, 25 May, 2020 - 08:30
LNA commander Khalifa Haftar. (Reuters)
Cairo – Khaled Mahmoud

Libyan National Army (LNA) commander Khalifa Haftar vowed to carry on the fight against Turkey and its ally, the Government of National Accord (GNA), headed by Fayez al-Sarraj.

On Sunday, he congratulated his forces on the advent of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, stressing that that the “jihad of the armed forces to restore the nation’s security and stability will continue.”

In a brief address on Saturday, he called on his forces to fight Turkish “colonization” until victory is achieved.

The LNA operation to capture the capital Tripoli from pro-GNA militias has come under increasing regional and international pressure.

Haftar added in his address: “You are waging an open holy war on all fronts. This is a comprehensive war that can only end in victory.”

“As we have fought wars against terrorism, we will fight until the colonizer is defeated,” he vowed.

Coinciding with this new pledge was the LNA’s declaration that it was reinforcing its forces in Tripoli.

Its media broadcast images of the mobilization of the 128th infantry unit from the eastern city of Benghazi. The unit had arrived at the Tripoli frontlines to boost forces already deployed there.

“We have walked 1,000 kilometers to achieve victory. We do not know the meaning of retreat,” said a commander in the unit.

Turkey’s intervention in the Libyan conflict has swayed the fighting in favor of the GNA, which in recent days had claimed successive victories. Its greatest prize was its capture of the Watiya airbase and western coastal cities stretching from Tripoli to the Tunisian border.

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