On April 18, forces loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) declared that they had captured Tamanhint Airbase in central Libya from the Libyan National Army (LNA). According to pro-GNA sources, several LNA vehicles and other qeuipment were captured in the raid.
Later pro-GNA units were forced to retreat from the area and the LNA restored control of the airbase. Despite this, the attack on this aribase is a notable sign revealing the strategic weakeness of the LNA force advancing on Tripoli. While the LNA controls a large part of the country, many areas were “captured” by making local deals and alliances with local communities. However, many of these communities are not ready to fight for the LNA. So, the security situation in many of these areas remains complicated and prepared pro-GNA units are easily capable of operating there if they are ready to risk.
At the same time, LNA units continued their advance near the GNA capital of Tripoli. Over the past few days, they have achieved little success in this effort. However, Tripoli International Airport still remains in the hands of the LNA.
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