The Libyan Address Journal
The Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) has been reinforcing its troops around Sirte ahead of waging a battle to capture the strategic coastal city. This has given way to speculation over when the battle will begin, significantly after Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu claimed that any deal incorporating the conflict’s existing frontlines “would not benefit” the Ankara-backed GNA.
A prominent official from the Libyan National Army (LNA) said that the response to such statements will take place on the battlefield.
He vowed that “GNA militias, Turkish invaders and Ankara-aligned mercenaries” will be dealt with a “crushing defeat”, declaring that the LNA forces were ready to repel any attack.
Meanwhile, the GNA commander in charge of the Sirte-Jufra Joint Operations Unit Ibrahim Baytulmal announced that he held an “extraordinary” meeting with various field commanders to discuss the developments in the region between Sirte and al-Jufra.
They agreed to increase reinforcements and improve defenses in the hopes of bringing out an imminent victory, he said.