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Libya: pressure is mounting

Ankara pushes al-Sarraj to launch an offensive against Sirte and al-Jufra

Libya: pressure is mounting
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The command of Marshal Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) decided to move additional forces southwards to bolster defenses of the al-Jufra area. In the coming days, the 128th LNA infantry brigade will be relocated to the city of Sabha, whose personnel completed firing drills with all the types of weapons at a training ground outside Benghazi the day before. The brigade is reinforced with tanks and artillery and is considered one of the most effective LNA units.

In his televised address in Benghazi, official spokesman for the Libyan National Army Lieutenant General Ahmed al-Mismari explained that the reinforcement of troops in the southern al-Jufra area was a desperate measure. According to intelligence reports, the enemy command has recently stepped up training of the militia units of Fayez al-Sarraj's Government of National Accord (GNA) and foreign mercenary units to attack the cities of Sirte and al-Jufra.

Field artillery, multiple launch rocket systems, armored vehicles, and additional mercenary detachments are being brought to the demarcation line areas. At the same time, there is an increase in flights of reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles. Sources say that detachments of influential field commander Osama al- Juwaili have been moved to the south with a mission of capturing the El Sharara and El Feel oil fields.

In turn, head of the London-based Observatory for Human Rights in Syria Rami Abdulrahman reports on Turkey's resumption of transferring new groups of foreign mercenaries to Libya from Syria, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

At the same time, the GNA military representative Colonel Mohammad Qanunu said the GNA units were observing the ceasefire, and accused the LNA command of preparing for war. At the same time, the Colonel confirmed the militants' readiness to attack Sirte and al-Jufra in order to completely liberate the territory of Libya from Marshal Haftar's illegal armed formations.

Thus, a further build-up of forces by the Government of National Accord's command indicates Sarraj's intention to transfer the frozen armed conflict to an active phase  with the help of Turkey, so as to establish control over the oil-bearing region in the country's east. At the same time, Ankara and its ally Qatar are at the forefront of the offensive against Haftar's troops, since the further inaction of foreign mercenary units leads to an increase in the process of their decomposition, an increase in the number of defectors and a complete loss of control over the management of formations.

The military and political leadership of Egypt, which is Marshal Haftar's ally, is on the lookout for the moral and combat condition of the enemy's personnel, seeking to preserve the "neither war nor peace" situation for an irrevocable, or even complete decomposition of Sarraj's armed formations. Political ploys to establish an inter-Syrian political dialogue in Morocco, Tunisia, and Geneva are only intended to indefinitely postpone the onset of hostilities.

At the same time, the Egyptian armed forces command continues to maintain a force grouping at the border with Libya, sufficient for defeating foreign and Libyan rebel groups. Simultaneously, intensive training is underway for LNA officers and soldiers, as well as combat training for the youth of Libya's numerous tribal formations.

There is a good chance that the nearest future will see the Turkish leadership decide to restart the war in Libya, during which it will have to face the military might of the Egyptian army.

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