BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 A.M.) – The Libyan National Army, led by their commander Field Marshal General Khalifa Haftar, are within striking distance of the strategic city of Tripoli after several days of fighting.
Backed by their air force, the Libyan National Army has managed to push as far north as the town of Ayn Zara, which sits at the southern entrance of Tripoli.
While the rival Government of National Accord (GNA) forces have regained control of Al-Aziziyah southwest of Tripoli, they have failed to stop the LNA’s advance along the Ayn Zara Road.
While the GNA has appealed to the United Nations for help in stopping the LNA’s push to Tripoli, they have received little support as both the United States and Russia are backing General Haftar.
The GNA will have to rely on their foreign allies from Italy, Turkey, and Qatar to potentially negotiate an end to the LNA’s campaign.
However, the LNA’s leadership – along with their allies from the United Arab Emirates, Russia, and Egypt – seem dead set on Haftar’s forces capturing the capital.