Libya in the Last 24 Hours: Army Thwarts Turkish-Qatari Attack on Airbase in Kufra

LNA Foils Turkish-Qatari Attempt to Target Airbase in Jufra

Khalid Mahmoud

The Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar said Friday that it foiled a Turkish-Qatari plot to target its airbase in Jufra, 650 km southeast of the capital Tripoli.

The LNA downed three Turkish drones belonging to forces loyal to the Government of National Accord headed by Fayez al-Sarraj.

As part of Sarraj’s Volcano of Rage operation, his airforce conducted four airstrikes on LNA’s air defense systems in Jufra on Thursday and Alorban on Friday.

Local media affiliated with Sarraj’s government quoted military sources as saying that the airforce destroyed air defense systems and LNA drones in Jufra airbase that has been under the army’s control since June 2017.

This airbase has a strategic location and is considered the third largest in Libya.

LNA spokesman Ahmed Mesmari, however, clarified in a statement Friday that terrorist militias and mercenaries were defeated. They attempted to carry out an aerial and land attack on Jufra airbase following their losses in battles around Tripoli, he added.

This proves the army’s capability to thwart any plot. The latest attack was plotted by Ankara with Turkish backing and Qatari funds in millions of dollars to terrorist groups, Mesmari continued.

LNA’s Military Media Division said Friday that it attacked the airbase of the city of Misrata, some 200 km east of Tripoli, and destroyed three Turkish drones.

“The airforce targeted Misrata airbase, which launched three Turkish drones to attack the Jufra airbase, but the drones were all destroyed without being able to achieve their objectives,” it said in a statement.

LNA Karama operations media center affirmed Thursday that its forces managed to target mercenaries and terrorists, who were preparing to attack Jufra and the Oil Crescent region. The accuracy of the strikes caused a huge number of losses among them, according to the statement.

Moreover, United Nations envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame resumed his attempts to reach an endorsement of the international conference on the Libyan crisis that UNSMIL is planning to hold in Germany soon.

LNA repels attack by GNA armed groups in Tripoli, inflicts them heavy losses

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – The armed groups allied with the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) suffered more than 60 casualties in Tripoli, in addition to vehicles loss, said the media official of the 73rd Infantry Brigade of the Libyan Natioanl Army (LNA), Mundir al-Khartoush.

The areas of Zatarna, Wadi Al-Rabeea, Ain Zara, al-Ahiaa al-Barria and Airport Bridge area in Tripoli witnessed clashes Friday morning in an attempt by GNA groups to advance to LNA positions, al-Khartoush pointed out.

LNA forces had a strong response to the desperate attempt to advance, where the GNA groups returned after 9 of their vehicles were targeted and many of their members were killed, he stressed.

The 73rd Infantry Brigade’s quick response to GNA groups, in Kazirma front line, resulted in a number of deaths at the beginning of the direct confrontation before the groups retreated, where mortars caused significant losses in their ranks, al-Khartoush added.

Detachment MD Cornet of the 73rd brigade succeeded in targeting a base for the armed groups was placed to try to target LNA’s vehicles, and killed some of personnel nearby, the Spokesman explained, adding that the Detachment succeeded in destroying a vehicle carrying a 30-millimeter caliber and a second vehicle, which led to the armed groups retreat.

Detachment MD Cornet of Battalion 128 succeeded in targeting a T55 tank in Wadi al-Rabeea front line, he pointed out.

LNA Members Killed in Drone Strike Near Tripoli

Three members of the Libyan National Army (LNA), including two commanders, were killed late on Friday in a drone strike on Tarhuna city by the Government of National Accord (GNA), a military source said.

GNA’s media office confirmed the strike and said “it targeted a control vehicle in Tarhuna.”

Tarhuna, some 97.6 km southeast of Tripoli, is a hub allied to commander Khalifa Haftar’s LNA.

LNA forces launched an offensive in early April to try take control of Tripoli from militias loyal to GNA leader Fayez al-Sarraj.

“Two commanders of LNA’s ninth brigade and their assistant were killed in a drone strike,” the military source told Reuters.

Asharq Al-Awsat

LNA mourns Colonel Muqri and commanders of its supporting force assassinated in Turkish drone attack

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

BENGHAZI – The General Command of the Libyan National Army (LNA) mourned, earlier on Saturday, the 9th Infantry Brigade Commander, Colonel Abdul Wahab al-Maqri, who was assassinated by the bombing of a Turkish drone south of Tripoli.

LNA General Command also mourned field commander of LNA supporting forces, Captain Mohsen al-Kani and soldier Abdul Adhim al-Kani, who were accompanying the Commander of the 9th Brigade at the time of the bombing, according to a statement by the media office of LNA General Command.

Turkish drones used by the armed groups supporting the Tripoli-based Government of Natioanl Accord (GNA) launched raids on LNA forces positions south of Tripoli on Saturday after their attack on al-Jufra Air Base failed on Friday.