Haftar’s forces could open new frontline in Sirte to distract attention from Tripoli defeat

Sirte was liberated from ISIS militants completely in 2016.

A Libyan flag flies at the entrance of Sirte, Libya October 30, 2016. [REUTERS/Hani Amara]
Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar is said to have ordered factions of his forces to advance on Sirte in central Libya, a move seen by many observers as aiming to distract attention from his defeat on the outskirts of Tripoli. 

According to the general command of Haftar’s forces, units of their so-called army are preparing to launch an offensive on Sirte, a city that was once the stronghold of ISIS militants.

Of course, the move is just for now talk with no action, as according to analysts Haftar’s forces are too worn out by the battle in southern Tripoli to open a new fighting frontline in another city.

In the meantime, Sirte Protection Force that is under the command of the Government of National Accord (GNA) issued a statement saying the city is very secure and their forces are more than ready to thwart any attacks on the city.

Sirte was liberated from ISIS militants completely in 2016 by a coalition of forces under Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous Operation of the GNA.

Haftar’s links to ISIS militants have surfaced more than once over the last years with reports and evidence proving he ordered his forces back in 2016 to give a safe passage to remnants of ISIS fighters from Benghazi and Derna to Sirte to join their fellow terrorists and fight the forces of Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous.

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