On December 28, the Libyan National Army (LNA) announced that its soldiers secured the entire city of Benghazi in eastern Libya, after capturing the Khreibish district, that had been the last position of the terrorists inside the city.
“We declare in this moment the liberation of Benghazi from terrorists,” General Wanis Bukhamada, head of the LNA’s special forces told Reuters.
Hundreds of fighters from several terrorists groups including ISIS, al-Qaeda and the Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries that’s directly linked to the Libyan Government of National Accord (LGNA) had fought against the LNA in Benghazi city since 2014.
The LNA announced back on July 6, that it secured Benghazi city after capturing the Sabri area in the downtown of the city. However, clashes continued in Benghazi and more terrorist cells were able to sneak into the eastern city in the recent months.
After securing Benghazi, the LNA backed by Egypt and the UAE may launch a military operation against the Shura Council of Mujahedeen in the city of Derna east of Benghazi. Just like the Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries, Derna’s group is also directly linked to the LGNA that’s dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood party.