Several units of the Libyan National Army (LNA) began moving towards the western region where the country’s capital, Tripoli, is located, the LNA’s Media Office announced on April 3.
“Under the direct supervision of the Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan National Army and upon his orders, several military units moved to the western region to neutralize the remaining terrorist groups,” the LNA Media Office’s statement reads.
Tripoli and several cities around it are under the direct control of the Libyan Government of National Accord (LGNA). The government, which is known for its radical views, is sheltering multiple terrorists in its areas, according to the LNA’s claims.
The LNA Media Office released a video showing dozens of military vehicles, some armed with heavy machine guns, moving towards the western region. The video reflects the seriousness of the LNA.
Earlier this year, the LNA, led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, secured the southern region of Libya after crushing several radical groups and remnants of African mercenaries. The army also captured key cities and oil fields from pro-LGNA forces in the southwestern part of the country.
A source in the LNA had told the Russian news agency, Sputnik, that the decision to liberate Tripoli from the LGNA and its militias has been made. However, it remains unclear is Hafter is willing to go this far, especially that the LGNA is receiving direct support from the U.S.