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Heavy clashes in Sabea as Libyan Army advances in south Tripoli
[Libya Observer] The Volcano of Rage Operation forces under western military zone of the Presidential Council launched an attack Wednesday on Sabea frontline (45 km to southeast 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...
) and seized "new strategic positions" from 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 forces.

Heavy artillery shelling was reported coupled with Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s from both sides leading to casualties from both warring parties.

"Libyan Army forces achieved significant advances in Sabea which would tighten our grip on the remaining Haftar's forces in Qasir Benghashir since the only supply line left for them in this area is Qasir Benghashir-Sabea." Spokesman for Volcano of Rage Operation Mustafa al-Majea said.

He said the forces seized control of Sabea hospital, aviation Institute and other vital areas, adding that they were combing through the area toward Souq al-Khamis then Tarhouna.

Meanwhile,
...back at the Hubba Hubba Club, Big Shirley was still trying to snatch Nunzio bald-headed. She was already halfway there...
the media office of the operations room of Khalifa Haftar's forces said they had thwarted an attack by "Government of National Accord's forces" on Sabea and caused them heavy losses of both equipment and fighters.

In the meantime, several pro-Haftar loyalists on social media admitted the defeat in Sabea, accusing a group from Wershiffana of betrayal and surrendering their positions in retaliation for the killing of five persons from their district by Haftar's forces.
Posted by: Fred 2019-08-23
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