Libyan air force attacks terrorist stronghold in eastern city
[XINHUANET] Libyan eastern-based army air force on Saturday attacked terrorist sites in the eastern city of Derna.
"The air force targeted sites and observatories of terrorist groups in Bukhtal farms in southern Derna." Media office of the Libyan army's Omar al-Mukhtar unit said in a statement.
The air strikes destroyed positions and armed vehicles of turbans, the statement revealed.
The coastal city of Derna is the only eastern Libyan city outside the control of the army.
Derna is under control of a coalition of bad boy militias called the Shura Council of the Mujahideen of Derna. The coalition does not recognize any of governments rule.
The army, led by General Khalifa Haftar
...Self-proclaimed Field Marshal, served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all...
, have been imposing a land and sea blockade on Derna since mid-2015 and allows residents to enter and exit for humanitarian and medical reasons only.
Posted by: Fred 2018-02-09