The Address | Benghazi – Libya
TRIPOLI – The Presidential Council of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) officially announced on Wednesday that former Gaddafi-era commander, Ali Kanna, was appointed as its military commander in Sabha, conforming what The Address reported yesterday.
A source revealed to The Address on Tuesday that Kanna was transported from El Sharara oil field in the town of Ubari to Tripoli via an airplane by GNA as a pretext for assigning him as its military commander in the southern region.
Kanna was former commander of the Commandos Battalion during the reign of late dictator Muammar Gaddafi and has strong ties to Qatar.
The source told The Address that GNA’s decision to assign him in the southern region constitutes an attempt by Fayez Al-Sarraj to shuffle the cards and to fuse civil war in the Libyan south. The decision also came at a time when the liberation of the south by the Libyan National Army (LNA) is imminent.
GNA has previously denounced the military operation which LNA launched a few weeks ago, at the request of southern residents, to liberate the south from Chadian armed gangs and militias affiliated with ISIS.