Libya’s civil war may be over after a peace deal and the formation of a unity government, but the lines of control between former military rivals remain in place for now.
Amid Turkish military support of Libya’s western-based GNA faction, the eastern-based LNA has lost its footholds in Tripoli and been driven almost completely out of the country’s northwest.
Libya’s Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) has continued to gain ground in the west amid a major withdrawal by the rival Libyan National Army (LNA).
Heavy fighting over the greater Tripoli area has continued between the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) – the latter now backed up by the Turkish military and allied rebels from Syria.
The eastern-based Libyan National Army has captured the coastal town of Sirte and reached the doorstep of western-controlled capital Tripoli, even as the western government is reinforced by the Turkish military and allied Syrian rebels.
The eastern-backed forces of Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) have fought their way closer to the capital city of Tripoli proper, also seizing a town from Toubou militias on the border with Niger.
The eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) has continued to consolidate footholds Tripoli, but still hasn’t managed to turn the tables enough to capture the city itself from the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA).
The fight for Tripoli remains at a stalemate, with each of the country’s rival governments losing and the recapturing territory, while control has shifted again in the far southern town of Murzuq.
Libya’s two rival government’s remain at direct war over Tripoli, with neither side gaining a clear upper hand, though the western administration has scored one major victory in a town to the south.
Fighting between Libya’s rival governments has focused in on the southern suburbs of Tripoli, where small areas have changed hands many times in recent weeks.