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Tripoli Airport Remains Contested As Libyan National Army Openes New Front Near Sirte

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On April 8th, the spokesman for the Libyan National Army (LNA), Major General Ahmed Al-Mismari said that the army took control of Tripoli International Airport, Yarmouk Camp and Wadi Al-Rabie.

“Tripoli International Airport is fully under the control of the army forces of the General Command,” he said at a press conference.

The announcement happened just as the 9th force from Abu Salim said the Tripoli International Airport was allegedly under the control of the Government of National Accord (GNA).

Al-Mismari also said that the GNA Air Force bomber that flew out of Misrata air base struck a farm that was previously owned by Muammar Gaddafi in the Sawknah area. According to him, the farm was a civilian target, completely free of any military forces and not a supply base. There were no casualties.

Tripoli Airport Remains Contested As Libyan National Army Openes New Front Near Sirte

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On the same day, the LNA Air Force launched an air strike on the Mitiga International airport, east of Tripoli, resulting in damage on a military helicopter.

Major General Mohamed al-Manfour, commander of the Air Force’s Operations Room in the Libyan National Army, said that the Libyan Air Force had repeatedly tried to avoid bombing targets at the Mitiga Air Base in Tripoli. Despite that, the militias forced the LNA’s hand.

According to al-Manfour, militias were preparing aircraft to strike LNA targets.

He added that “the Air Force had tried to avoid targeting any air force at the base, where several warnings had been directed at them, but some had chosen to operate under the command of militias led by internationally wanted persons. So now they have to face the consequences of their actions.”

“We can put the Mitiga Air Base completely out of service or so any other base, but we abide by the instructions of the LNA General Commander on taking into account the interests of civilians, passengers, patients and students after the militias burned Tripoli International Airport in 2014,” Al-Manfour added.

Major General Al-Mismari said that the Air Force Chief of Staff has established an air umbrella to monitor any military flights in and around Tripoli.

Civillian flights from Mitiga International Airport continued shortly after the strikes.

On April 7th, bombardment by the LNA Air Force resulted in the destruction of a number of military vehicles at the Presidential Council’s Naqlia camp in Tripoli.

On April 8th, the LNA reported that it had taken control into more positions in Tripoli and is closing in on the city center.

“The Libyan National Army is currently chasing the remnants of armed groups who fled under the hits of our forces and left the bodies of their militants behind them dumped on roadsides,” the Military Information Division said.

Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar of the LNA also ordered the reinforcement of the city of Gharyan, south of the capital Tripoli and other towns controlled by LNA. The measure was taken to reinforce peace and protect the population from militants.

On April 9th, the LNA formed the Misrata Operations room, headed headed by Major General Ahmed Salem al-Darsi tasked with dealing with the pro-GNA militants in the area, operating the Misrata military airbase.

Photographs also showed LNA AFVs moving toward Tripoli.

The LNA Spokesperson also answered the international community’s calls to fight terrorism, saying that it is precisely doing that in Tripoli. He also said that the LNA War in Tripoli is on terror and its allies.

The LNA also moved to cut off entries to the city of Sirte, which lies on the Mediterranean coast, approximately at the midway point between Benghazi and Tripoli. The GNA-controlled city is likely to come under offensive by the LNA shortly.

On April 8th, a member of the GNA – Ali Al-Qatrani, announced his resignation from the Council, announcing his support for the Libyan National Army (LNA) in its operation of liberating of Tripoli.

In a statement, Qatrani attributed the decision to resign to the fact that the decisions in the presidential council are taken individually by its leader, Fayez al-Sarraj, under the threat of armed militias, which would only lead us to further suffering and dissension. Al-Qatrani described the GNA as being with a weak will. He blamed it for the collapse in all sectors of the country and the suffering of the citizen.

On the side of the GNA, photographs showed highly-equipped soldiers and a destroyed LNA tank south of Tripoli. Furthermore, according to GNA reports 34 LNA fighters surrendered and their vehicles were captured.

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  • Promitheas Apollonious

    so it seems now they are on a mexican stand off.

  • Dick Von Dast’Ard

    Egyptian Navy should position itself off the coast of Tripoli in order to prevent terrorists being supplied or escaping with loot, Egyptian SF’s could also take the fight to ISIS.

    • khalkha

      Egyptians not able to win in sinai so what about libya

  • Saddam Hussein

    I miss Gaddafi.

    • Barba_Papa

      Aren’t the both of you hanging out together in Hell? ;-)

      • Saddam Hussein

        All based Arab leaders go to heaven.

      • Promitheas Apollonious

        r you a christian believing in the BS of the zios they sold to you about hell and paradise? By the way goyim, Qaddafi was a good leader and cared for its people. Something western sheep, never experience, but still go and vote for the trash they do, as I am sure you do too.

        • Barba_Papa

          It’s a joke dude, considering his nickname and Saddam and Gaddafi both being dead.

          • Promitheas Apollonious

            Saddam always been a tool and an idiot. Gaddafi on the other hand was a leader and cared for his people in a very practical way. bad joke. Maybe you should bother and see what he did for Libya, that would explain you also why my response to the joke.

          • Barba_Papa

            If Gaddafi was such a wise and benevolent leader his people would not have risen up against him. There had to be something seriously amiss under his regime for the Arab Spring to take root there.

          • Promitheas Apollonious

            maybe if you correctly get informed of reality in libya before they destroy it instead of assuming you know also how you sound like when you say what you do.

          • Barba_Papa

            It’s really simple, Gaddafi was in power, supposedly all wise and benevolent, yet his people rose up and he had to resort to armed force to to crush the uprising. People who have a good life and feel like they share in the country’s wealth do not rise up. People who don’t feel like they have the good life and are not getting a fair share either leave or rise up. Case in point, the 99% movement in the US and the Yellow Vests in France. Since no amount of propaganda can make happy people rise up, and since the people of Libya did rise up, something had to be amiss in that country. Which means Gaddafi was not as all benevolent as you make him out to be.

          • Promitheas Apollonious

            you really are brainwashed aren’t you. His people did not went against him this is why I told you first get informed then speak other wise you show your self to be a complete tool and an ignorant on that.

            Follow the advice I given you and search the living standards in Libya as well what Qaddafi did for his people and how he been chosen from all the tribes as their leader. Other than that stop making your self to look as a complete ignorant parrot because this is what you do now as well your examples are kind of laughable especially telling me people in usa are on the rise and compare them to the yellow vests.

          • Barba_Papa

            Then fairies rose up?

    • Bob

      You’ll never guess who apparently agrees with you…that said, at this point, hard to say when his statements are authentic or opportunistic.

  • Vidura

    which side screams ”allah akbar” ?

    • Hasbara Hunter

      The Side that will soon wipe you Folks into the Mediterranean…..
      Btw how does it feel to be a Loser? None of your Hasbararat-Buddies has given me an answer to that Question up till now..

      • Vidura

        And which side is that ?

        • Hasbara Hunter

          Muslims…and I do not mean those ZIONATO Supported Devilworshipping Jewish House of Saud Wahhabi-Headchoppers….

          You did not answer my Question:
          HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE A LOSER?

          • Vidura

            Again which side is it ? This LNA ?

          • Hasbara Hunter

            Nope…the LNA the Libyan Peoples & the Russians Back Khalifa Haftar….The Headchopping USraeli & ZIONATO Mercenaries will be Chopped up & Destroyed….all of them….there is a different wind blowing…

            You still did not answer my Question:
            HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE A LOSER?

          • Vidura

            So the LNA are the ones doing the Allah Akbar screams ?

          • Hasbara Hunter

            Give me an answer

          • Vidura

            Iam the one asking fool

          • Hasbara Hunter

            You are a Motherfucking Cockroach… that is what you are…now answer my Question

          • Vidura

            How does it feel to be stupid ?

          • Hasbara Hunter

            You still did not answer my Question:
            HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE A LOSER?

          • Vidura

            You still did not answer my Question:
            HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE STUPID?

          • Hasbara Hunter

            Do you think you are Smart Cocksucker boy?
            You are a Chickenshit Faggot….

          • Vidura

            You got a dirty mouth

          • Hasbara Hunter

            Yeah I hate Cocksuckers like you…go suck SatanYahoo for a Couple of extra $hekels Ladyboy…you are Nothing but a Cheap Babylonian Whore

          • Vidura

            And you are a 12 year old that needs someone to smack you on your bottom 😂😂

          • Hasbara Hunter

            With all your Posts you made enough $hekels to buy yourself some Fake-Tits…

          • Vidura

            Iam Jewish

          • Hasbara Hunter

            I don’t give a Shit….

          • Vidura

            LNA will win

    • Promitheas Apollonious

      that be your mother every time she look at you, remembering your father.

  • BMWA1
  • Lazy Gamer

    If it is Libya or Yemen, the US withdraws very fast. If it is Syria, it stays. Conclusion, it wants the conflict to persist. No dominant side, more factions all around. Partition project ongoing.

  • khalkha

    It’s not the first time the so called LNA declare the airport under its control .just propaganda