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Battle for Tripoli Continues

Monday, June 10, 2019

The battles near the Libyan capital of Tripoli continues as the country draws closer to falling than it has been since the civil war to oust Muammar Qaddafi. Eastern Libyan forces are bombing the military section of the only functioning airport in the capital.

The battle for Tripoli has been going on for two months, pitting troops loyal to the internationally recognized government against the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by General Khalifa Haftar.

Haftar, who controls eastern Libya, has been battling to take the capital for two months but has failed to breach defenses in southern suburbs.

In a statement, the LNA said it attacked the military part of the airport targeting a “Turkish plane.” The LNA, supported by Egypt and the UAE, accuses Turkey of backing the Tripoli government and its forces.

ISIS is even slipping back into the mix saying it was responsible for car bombs going off at the LNA camp in Derna on June 2. At least 18 people were wounded in the explosions.