By Dr. Rene Tebel
The Libyan Army Forces want to persuade Haftar's troops to withdraw from Tarhuna. Between Monday, 10:00 and Wednesday, 10:00, there will not be taken shot at vehicles and equipment leaving Tarhuna, Bani Walid and Nessma in a southern direction.
With this, the Turkish backed Libyan government in Tripoli wants to take advantage of the current situation. After a thirteen-day siege, the important air base Al-Watiya fell into the hands of government troops on May 18 after 57 drone attacks and heavy artillery bombardment.
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Al-Watiya served Haftar's troops as headquarters in western Libya. Last Wednesday, the GNA was also able to capture the hinterland of the air base with Tiji and Badr. On Thursday followed Al-Asaba and on Saturday the military camps Al-Yarmuk, Hamza and the Missiles camps in south Tripoli.
The rapid success of the Libyan government troops is made possible by their air superiority with Turkish drones, which prevents enemy troops from moving undetected. As the government troops advance, Libyan and Turkish media also report the evacuation of members of the Russian mercenary troop Wagner.
In contrast, General Haftar's LNA is trying to counter the impression that their units are disbanding. In a press release issued today, they announced that they have taken control of part of the road between Tripoli and Gharyan by bringing new forces into play.
Meanwhile, the United States Africa Command confirmed rumors about recently arrived Russian aircraft in Libya: "The Russian fighter aircraft arrived in Libya, from an airbase in Russia, after transiting Syria, where it is assessed they were repainted to camouflage their Russian origin," reports AFRICOM. These are believed to be 6 Mig-29 and 2 SU-24 located on the Al-Jufra base.
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