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UN-backed forces launch counter attack in Tripoli, US withdrew some of its forces

Christian Fernsby ▼ | April 7, 2019
Forces under Libya's UN-backed government said Sunday they had started a counter-attack against the forces of Khalifa Hifter after he launched an offensive to seize Tripoli.
Libyan National Army
Middle East   A top military official said Sunday that the United States temporarily withdrew
"The Armed Forces announce the launch of Operation Volcano of Anger to cleanse all Libyan cities from aggressors and illegitimate forces," spokesman Mohamed Ganounou of the UN-backed government's forces said in a statement.

A top military official said Sunday that the United States temporarily withdrew some of its forces from Libya due to "security conditions on the ground," as a Libyan commander's forces advanced toward the capital of Tripoli and clashed with rival militias.

"The security realities on the ground in Libya are growing increasingly complex and unpredictable," said Marine Corps Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, the head of U.S. Africa Command. "Even with an adjustment of the force, we will continue to remain agile in support of existing U.S. strategy."


 

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