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GNA to Fight Back

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

The Libyan government is set to face off against the forces of Khalifa Haftar who have been fighting their way into the capital of Tripoli. The Government of National Accord (GNA) said it would launch a counterattack to clear out Haftar’s forces.

The GNA operation, dubbed “Volcano of Anger,” seeks to “cleanse all Libyan cities of the aggressors,” according to GNA military spokesman, Mohamed al-Qonuni, in a televised statement.

Haftar’s troops are fighting on the outskirts of Tripoli and have showed no sign of backing down, despite calls from international powers as well as the UN. In Tripoli, Haftar’s forces face well-armed and experienced militias, which could lead to some of the bloodiest fighting since the civil war to bring down Muammar Qaddafi.

The U.S. Africa Command said it was temporarily withdrawing troops from Libya in response to “security conditions on the ground.”

And while the fighting is now taking place away from oilfields, the country’s number one producer ENI is monitoring the situation “very carefully”. ENI’s JV company with NOC, Mellitah Oil & Gas, has asked its employees in Tripoli who live in neighborhoods “witnessing security tension” not to go to the office, according to a statement on its Facebook page.