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Libya’s GNA Retakes Gharyan

Thursday, June 27, 2019

According to regional reports, forces allied to the UN-recognized government in Libya, have been able to retake Gharyan, located just south of the capital of Tripoli. This town is strategic to opposition military commander Khalifa Haftar’s troops, the Libya National Army (LNA).

Government of National Accord (GNA) spokesman Mustafa al-Mejii, told the AFP, “Gharyan is under our total control.” He also said 18 LNA soldiers were taken prisoner and dozens were killed.

The battle between the LNA and GNA has heated up considerably over the last two months. LNA has a self-stated goal of taking over the country and has been lobbying Washington for support. It has gone so far as to hire PR firm Linden Government Solutions, to help put on a good face.

The GNA, for its part, has called on the US to exert pressure on its allies to stop supporting Haftar’s Libyan National Army. “We urge the US administration to use its leverage to end the support provided by Egypt and Saudi Arabia to Haftar.” Ahmed Mitig, deputy head of the Libyan Presidential Council, said on Fox News earlier in June.