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Scores of casualties from Haftar's forces in violent clashes in southern Tripoli
[Libya Observer] Scores of deaths and injuries 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 - 9th Brigade - were documented by social media footage after heavy festivities in southern 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...
between Haftar's forces and Libyan Army forces under the command of the Presidential Council's government.

The Libyan Army forces launched an offensive Wednesday morning on Ain Zara, Khalit al-Furjan and Yarmouk Camp frontlines, seizing new positions especially on Ain Zara frontline, where Special Deterrence Force fighters controlled the strategic Adem Buildings area, which was used by Haftar's forces snipers.

The Special Deterrence Force said it had destroyed military vehicles for Haftar's forces and seized others in today's festivities, which led to the killing of five Libyan Army fighters.

The Libyan Air Force carried out four Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s on fighting frontlines and other strikes in the vicinity of Tripoli Airport on Wednesday.

Reinforcement of fighters and military might is still reaching the frontlines in southern Tripoli, which hints at continuation of heavy festivities that started on Monday and is still ongoing.


Posted by: Fred 2019-10-17
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