Haftar forces announce its air campaign against Turkey in Libya

Selava Omar –

After Turkey and Al-Wefaq did not respond to the call for a ceasefire, the Libyan-backed Libyan Air Force is preparing Haftar’s allies to launch unprecedented strikes on Turkish targets in the North African country, indicating a possible escalation after a week of setbacks in the war against the government Turkey backed in Tripoli.

More than a year ago, Haftar’s forces, with the support of the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, launched the war to control the capital, making progress in the outskirts of Tripoli, but Turkish military intervention turned the tide in the battle, forcing Haftar’s forces to withdraw from a strategic air base this week, And the announcement of a partial withdrawal from the front lines in Tripoli.

“We are on a date with the largest air campaign in Libyan history in the coming hours, and all Turkish sites and interests in all cities are legitimate targets for our aircraft, and we call on civilians to stay away from them.” “Saqr al-Jarushi,” the force commander said

“Fathi Bashjah” stated during a press conference in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, on April 22 that his government for national reconciliation had received information that at least six MiG-29 and two Sukhoi 24 aircraft had flown east from the Hmeimim airbase they controlled. Russia in Syria, accompanied by two Russian SU-35s. It was not clear if the refurbished aircraft were from Haftar Air or new additions to its fleet.

The Tripoli-based government has supported Turkey, which has deployed armed drones and thousands of Syrian militia members to defend the capital, over the past month, and Turkish-backed government forces have invaded many Haftar strongholds in the west and surrounded its remaining strongholds, The army pushed al-Libi to announce his partial withdrawal from the outskirts of Tripoli.

And earlier this week, Libya’s envoy to the United Nations, “Stephanie Williams,” warned of a possible escalation in a war that necessitated the intervention of the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Turkey to control the oil-rich country that witnessed a series of wars since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in 2011. And, according to Western officials, thousands of Russian and Sudanes, as well as Syrians, are supporting Haftar while the UAE has supported him with unmanned armed attacks.

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