UN-backed Libyan govt forces reclaim stronghold of Tarhuna of rival Haftar

Fighters loyal to the United Nations-recognized Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) pose for a picture after the area was taken over by GNA-aligned forces following clashes with rival troops loyal to Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar amid the ongoing Second Libyan Civil War (2014-present) in the town of Tarhouna (located some 65 kilometers southeast of the capital, Tripoli), Libya, 05 June 2020. EPA-EFE/STR

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Forces loyal to Libya’s UN-recognised government celebrated another victory against rival strongman Khalifa Haftar Friday after overrunning his last western stronghold, launchpad of an abortive 14-month assault on Tripoli.

The recapture of Tarhuna southeast of the capital capped a week that already saw the Government of National Accord (GNA) reestablish control over the whole of Greater Tripoli with Turkish military support.

“Our heroic forces have extended their control over the whole of Tarhuna,” said GNA spokesman Mohamad Gnounou.

 

Fighters loyal to the GNA flashed the victory sign in the town’s streets.

Tarhuna was the main rear base for the devastating offensive against the capital that eastern-based Haftar’s forces finally gave up this week, abandoning their remaining positions in the southern suburbs to advancing government troops.

GNA head Fayez al-Sarraj vowed that his government would impose its control over the whole of Libya.

“Our fight continues and we are determined to defeat the enemy (and) impose state control on the whole of the homeland,” Sarraj said after talks with key backer Turkey.

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