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Africa North
Haftar's forces target Tripoli's Mitiga Airport despite closure
2019-09-15
[Libya Observer] 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, so it's kind of hard to describe him as a Qadaffy holdover. 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...
's Air Force warplanes and ground forces struck and shelled with Grad rockets
...Soviet-developed 122-mm rockets, usually launched from trucks. Newer versions are reported to have a range of up to 30 km....
Mitiga Airport in Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
early on Saturday.

The attacks on Mitiga Airport came after hours of the announcement of killing commander of 9th Brigade Abdelwahhab al-Migri, militia leader Mohsen al-Kani and his brother Abdeladeem, who all died in festivities with the Volcano of Rage operation under the Presidential Council's government on Ain Zara frontline in southern Tripoli.

Social media accounts close to al-Kani militia that is fighting for Haftar's forces threatened to target positions and neighborhoods in Tripoli with Grad rockets, while others went as far as saying they will "show Tripoli hell".

Mitiga Airport has been closed since September 01 and until a further notice with flights being redirected to Misrata Airport because of repetitive attacks on the airport by Haftar's forces, the latest of which coincided with the arrival of hajis from Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
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Related:
Khalifa Haftar: 2019-09-11 UN envoy reveals Haftar is willing to pull out forces from Tripoli for "specific guarantees"
Khalifa Haftar: 2019-09-11 Foreign mercenaries fighting alongside Haftar's forces killed in airstrikes in southern Tripoli
Khalifa Haftar: 2019-09-11 Haftar transfers 678 police officers to military units
Related:
Mitiga: 2019-09-11 Brega company withdraws staff from Mitiga Airport following air attack on its fire brigade
Mitiga: 2019-09-11 Rockets target Mitiga Airport after airstrikes on Haftar's militias south of Tripoli
Mitiga: 2019-09-11 Haftar transfers 678 police officers to military units
Posted by:Fred

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