On January 28, the Libyan National Army (LNA) announced that it had neutralized a gathering of ISIS cells near the southern Libyan town of Qatrun.
The army kicked off a large-scale operation in the southern outskirts of Qatrun, which is located some 200 kilometers away from the border with Niger and Chad, after detecting movements by ISIS cells around Mount ‘Asida.
Several units of the LNA, including the Tariq bin Ziyad Brigade, the 73rd Infantry Brigade, and the 128th Military Battalion, took part in the operation. Libyan Air Force warplanes provided close air support for LNA troops advancing on the ground.
According to Sky News Arabia, the LNA killed 24 terrorists of ISIS during the operation. Three of the terrorists blew themselves up, likely to avoid being captured. The army’s losses were limited to four service members.
Today, the Benghazi-based LNA, led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, is the key force fighting ISIS’ remnants in Libya. Government forces in the capital, Tripoli, have not been doing much to counter the terrorist group.
The army conducts combing operations in the country’s southern region on a regular region in order keep ISIS at bay. Despite this, the terrorist group’s cells manage to launch attacks from time to time.