Libyan political organization sends troops to Sirte

Published February 18th, 2016 - 08:04 GMT
A truck drives through a destroyed neighborhood in Sirte, Libya. (AFP/Philippe Desmazes)
A truck drives through a destroyed neighborhood in Sirte, Libya. (AFP/Philippe Desmazes)

LANA reports that Khalifa Al-Ghawial, the Minister of Defense for the Libyan opposition "National Front Party," ordered the Cheif of Staff to declare all military units to move to Sirte to "liberate" the city - from both the state and Daesh. 

Ghawial gave a speech on Wednesday, commemorating the 5th anniversary of the Libyan revolution. In his speech, he called for fighters from all Libyan cities to join their military advance on Sirte. The speech spoke out against Daesh and the highly-contested "Libyan Unity Government" that the UN is fostering.

Sirte is strategically located on the coast, halfway between Tripoli and Benghazi. Since February 2015, Daesh has maintained control of the city. 


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