US Condemns General Khalifa Haftar for his Attacks on Tripoli

LNA of General Khalifa Haftar attacks Libya capital, Tripoli

This post was last updated on April 15th, 2019 at 06:03 am

Libya’s capital Tripoli is going through a civil war, led by Commander Khalifa Haftar’s self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA), for a very long time. In reference to the attacks by the forces, the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made it clear that the US strongly condemns the military offensive led by Khalifa Haftar’s forces against the Libyan capital.

Pompeo argued that the unilateral military campaign against Tripoli was a major threat to the civilians. He said that political solution was the only way to unify the country, as it would provide a plan for security, stability, and prosperity for all its citizens. The Foreign ministers of the Group of Seven nations — the United States, France, Britain, Germany, Italy, Japan and Canada — also called for a halt to the military actions.

The battle for Tripoli was a rise in power-struggle that has been continuous since Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown in the year 2011. The current LNA leader Haftar launched the latest attack in hopes of fulfilling a promise to unite Libya under his control. He ordered his troop to march to Tripoli on Thursday until more recently the military launched air strikes on the southern part of the city on Sunday.

The fight took place between the government forces and Haftar’s Russia-backed forces. The aim of Haftar’s forces behind the attacks was to overthrow the Tripoli-based GNA, which refers to the Government of National Accord. The headquarters of GNA are in Tripoli and Libya. The data given by the Health Ministry of Libya’s UN-backed GNA stated that 11 people were killed and 23 were wounded in the fight on Sunday. The air strikes came in spite of calls from the United Nations asking for a two-hour truce to help evacuate citizens and wounded fighters.

Moreover, the forces backed by the Libyan Prime Minister on Sunday, launched a counterattack against Haftar’s fighters, code named “Operation Volcano of Anger”. Since Haftar’s army came into being, Russia, Egypt, and United Arab Emirates have been his main supporters as he portrayed himself as a supporter against Islamist militants.

Amidst the chaotic situation between the armed men in Tripoli, many countries have temporarily withdrawn their forces on the grounds of security including the US. The US forces in Libya that protected the citizens of the country from Islamic State (IS) extremists and Al-Qaeda militants and diplomatic facilities, were called off looking at the severity of the situation in the country.

Tripoli has no democratic tradition. The UN-led efforts to bring harmony in the country have largely failed due to the disputes over power and independence of the military. An active and a proper conference regarding the political negotiations seems to be the only way left to resort to peaceful means in the country.

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