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MARCH 2021

Extremist Images Brandished Immediately After Towns “Liberated” Away From Haftar’s Forces


Extremist Images Brandished Immediately After Towns "Liberated" Away From Haftar's Forces

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On April 13th, the Government of National Accord (GNA), with Turkish support made some significant gains west of Tripoli.

GNA forces took control of Sabratha, Sorman, Al-Ajilat, Al-Jameel, Rikdalin and Zalatan, after taking control of al Zawiyah earlier.

There is also video footage of GNA forces in Sabratha, after they captured it from Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA).

This is the first time since April 2019, when the GNA actually makes significant gains and captures in the fight against the LNA.

The LNA were given a deadline until 12:55 local time on April 13th to surrender Sabratha peacefully, and when it expired heavy clashes began, in which the GNA had the upper hand.

This is likely a result of the fact that a sort of corridor, which is presumably quite dangerous was formed between the cities which the LNA controlled west of Tripoli. When moving, reinforcements would be pincered between two areas under GNA control.

After entering Sabratha, GNA fighters immediately showed photographs of extremist fighters.

In Tripoli itself, LNA’s push continues with full force, with heavy shelling on the southern part of the city.

On the side of the LNA, media reported that a group of pilots from among Haftar’s forces arrived in Damascus to undergo training on operating a Mi-25 attack helicopter, which the Syrian Arab Army has been using for a while now against militants.

According to an unnamed source, the LNA had 4 Mi-25 attack helicopters, and would potentially receive more from the countries that support it, as soon as it has more people who can actually fly them.

Finally, the source said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had sent arge numbers of mercenaries loyal to him to support Haftar’s forces.

This was allegedly done either through the mythical “Wagner” PMC or other means. Allegedly, Syria had sent 3,000 fighters to fight on behalf of the LNA.

The report failed to report proven deployment of thousands of Syrian militants by Turkey to fight on behalf of the GNA.




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