Haftar’s retreat shows who is arming him
And just this morning the command of the Haftar army announced that their air force will launch in the next few hours “the largest air campaign in the history of Libya”, or an attack on the positions of the government of Tripoli that in recent weeks, with the Turkey’s support has rejected Haftar’s forces in many areas of Tripolitania.Haftar, militarily supported by Russia, the Emirates and Egypt, has been besieging Tripoli since April 2019 to try to bring down the government of Fajez Serraj and take control of the capital. With hundreds of mercenaries, including Russian “Wagner” contractors, the general from Cyrenaica was on the verge of entering the city several times until Serraj made a military pact with Turkey in November. Since then, the government of Tripoli has been able to restrain the general and in recent weeks has rejected him, conquering the important air base of Watyia last Monday.
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The attacks by the Tripoli government were only possible thanks to the military support of Turkey: drones and anti-aircraft systems gave the air superiority in Tripolitania to Serraj’s army. For example, Turkish drones in the last few hours have destroyed at least nine Russian “Pantsir” anti-aircraft systems, a sophisticated self-propelled vehicle equipped with radar, missiles and anti-aircraft artillery that the Emirates had provided to Haftar to protect its bases.
With his announcement, Haftar’s head of aeronautics, Saqr al-Jaroushi, says now that “all Turkish positions and their interests in all cities will be our legitimate target, we urge civilians to stay away from these targets.”