The Address | Benghazi – Libya
TRIPOLI – The United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) denied reports of some Libyan TV channels close to the Muslim Brotherhood which talked about the return of AFRICOM forces to Libya.
AFRICOM told Al-Marsad news website via a direct message (DM) on Twitter that such reports are not accurate. AFRICOM said it stands by its statement in April 7 in which it announced the evacuation of a group of U.S. forces supporting it on the ground temporarily and in response to the increasing unrest in Tripoli.
Libya Panorama Channel (LPC) and Al-Raed channel, both close to the Muslim Brotherhood, claimed earlier today, citing an unnamed official source, that AFRICOM and the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) made an agreement regarding “counter-terrorism” and “return of AFRICOM team to Tripoli”.
Such reports were later picked up by GNA. Turkey-based Libya Libya Al-Ahrar TV reported that GNA’s spokesman, Muhannad Younis, said that his government is currently working on the return of AFRICOM team.
“So we can say it’s just fake news?” Al-Marsad asked via DM on Twitter. “Correct. Our statement from April 7 still stands.” replied AFRICOM.
Evacuation of U.S. forces came in the aftermath of the military operation launched the Libya National Army (LNA) in Tripoli on April 4. LNA’s operation aims to eliminate militias and terrorist groups that dominated the capital since 2011.