first published on April 9, 2019 by Sean
Violence reignites in Libya as the Libyan National Army (LNA) attempts to wrestle control of the important city of Tripoli away from the Government of National Accord (GNA).
A recent operation to capture the port city of Tripoli has been launched by Libya’s eastern government and the Libyan National Army (LNA) under the command of General Khalifa Haftar. It is the strongest faction in eastern Libya and controls large portions of the country and has purportedly been supported by several neighboring countries including Egypt and the UAE. The LNA has conducted numerous operations to defeat terrorists in the war-torn country including last years Derna Offensive.
However, this government is not recognized by the international community at large, or by the U.N. – which officially recognizes the General National Congress (GNC) based in Tripoli. Politically divided between the LNA in the east and the GNC in the west, Libya has suffered from this lack of cohesion with regular terrorist attacks by extremists and violent clashes between various militias vying for power.
The LNA launched the surprise attack last week attempting to wrestle control of the city from the GNA and has purportedly made it into the outer suburbs and seized the airport; declaring a no-fly-zone over the city. The violence has led the U.S. to pull most of its small contingent of counterterrorism forces out of Libya, as well as the Indian peacekeeping force. The GNA has vowed to reclaim lost territory amidst the offensive operation but the situation is still developing.