On May 24, a spokesman for the Libyan National Army (LNA) claimed that 13 Turkish combat drones were shot down near the town of Tarhunah in the last few days.
Maj. Gen. Ahmed al-Mesmari denied recent reports claiming that army units are withdrawing from the outskirt of the capital, Tripoli. The spokesman said army is “relocating its troops.”
“The Libyan Armed Forces have made major changes in the past 72 hours,” the spokesman said.
According to Maj. Gen. al-Mesmari, the Libyan Air Force (LAF) is now, once again, restoring sovereignty over large parts of the country.
In the last two days, two of the drones the LNA claimed to shot down turned out to be Chinese-made Wing Loong IIs, a type that’s known to be operated by the UAE, the main backer of the LNA. Some of the other drones were Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2.
The LNA and GNA forces are bracing for a large battle in western Libya, likely around Tarhunah. Both sides don’t appear to be interested in a political settlement right now.