Benghazi: Libyan army report victory in latest operation to oust extremists

Published January 25th, 2017 - 08:00 GMT
Armed Libyan men wave their national flags during a demonstration marking the fifth anniversary of the Libyan revolution in the city of Benghazi on February 17, 2016. (AFP/File)
Armed Libyan men wave their national flags during a demonstration marking the fifth anniversary of the Libyan revolution in the city of Benghazi on February 17, 2016. (AFP/File)

The Libyan national army announced yesterday that it had achieved another victory yesterday against the remaining extremists on fronts where there has been fighting, particularly in western Benghazi in the east of the country.

According to what a military official told Asharq Al-Awsat, the army's forces led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar are still engaged in fierce battles against remaining militants that are holed up in the western region of the city of Benghazi. He also pointed out that "only a little time" was needed until they took full control of Benghazi and liberated it. However, he did not give a specific date.

The army's media office said that Haftar held a meeting with staff from the operations room responsible for Operation Al-Karamah and a number of officers, non-commissioned officers and commanders. He oversaw what he called "the final arrangements for salvation from the grip of militias that have wreaked havoc and have wiped out crops and cattle".

The office said in a statement that Haftar has made a plan for the final advance to liberate the area of Qunfudah from the remaining Daesh militants and the Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries. The army also continues to control the resort Tira and has freed a number of prisoners and families that were being held in Qunfudah, west Benghazi.

The army's special forces said that the resort of Tira had been liberated from defectors so that all of the west Benghazi coast is now under the control of the army's forces.


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