Libyan National Army Kicks Off Military Operation To Capture Derna From Militants

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Libyan National Army Kicks Off Military Operation To Capture Derna From Militants

Khalifa Haftar attends a military parade in the eastern city of Bengahzi on May 7, 2018. (AFP)

On May 7, the Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Marshal Khalifa Haftar, kicked off a military opeation to capture the town of Derna from militants.

“The zero hour has struck for the liberation of Derna,” Haftar said adding that his troops had already started to crush the “bastions of terrorists” in the town.

Derna has been under control of the al-Qaeda-linked coalition of extremist groups known as the Derna Mujahideen Shura Council. The town [the population – about 15,000] is located on the coastal highway between Benghazi and Egypt. It’s already surrounded by LNA units.

Egypt, which backs the LNA, has also carried out airstrikes on militant positions in Derna.

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