The Address | Benghazi – Libya
BENGHAZI – The spokesman of the Libyan National Army (LNA), General Brigadier Ahmed Al-Mesmari, said on Wednesday that the army is “preparing to liberate Libya completely”.
“The armes forces enhanced all ground, aerial and naval units and they are ready for any emergency,” Al-Mesmari said during his weekly press briefing. “We are ready to strike any location with high efficiency”.
This comes as the armed groups of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) and its state backer Turkey are threatening to attack the coastal city of Sirte, in defiance of the international community’s warning that such attack will jeopardize any chance for political settlement in the county.
LNA and GNA have been fighting to control west of Libya since 2019. After the bloody battle turned into a military stalemate, LNA announced a unilateral withdrawal from Greater Tripoli in order to pave the way for peaceful negotiations. GNA rejected the peace offer and threatened to attack Sirte and Jufra.
Tripoli is primarily controlled by criminal militias, who are namely under GNA authority. However, GNA fails to control them as human rights organizations regularly document these militias committing crimes of kidnapping, robbery and engage in armed clashes with each other in fight for power, turning Tripoli into a lawless capital.
The LNA spokesman noted that since the army’s withdrawal from Greater Tripoli last June, the capital has been witnessing a spike in armed kidnappings.
LNA’s goal is to “install security in every part of the homeland”, said Al-Mesmari, adding “our main enemies are Turkey, the Muslim Brotherhood and terrorist groups”.