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Libyan National Army Retakes Town South of Tripoli

Libyan National Army Retakes Town South of Tripoli

Monday, 1 June, 2020 - 18:15
LNA spokesman Ahmed al-Mismari. (Getty Images)
Asharq Al-Awsat

The Libyan National Army (LNA), commanded by Khalifa Haftar, announced on Monday that it had recaptured the town of al-Asaba south of the capital Tripoli.

LNA spokesman Ahmed al-Mismari said in a message that the military had retaken Asaba, and footage was published online showing LNA fighters inside the town.

Haftar launched an offensive in April 2019 to rid Tripoli from pro-GNA militias.

With Turkish backing, the GNA has retaken a string of towns near the Tunisian border and the strategic Watiya airbase.

The GNA took Asaba last month, putting pressure on the LNA’s major stronghold in nearby Tarhuna.

Mismari said the LNA had captured Asaba after air strikes there.

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