Renegade General's forces claim responsibility for aerial attacks on Tripoli
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Operation Dawn is comprised of fighters, mostly from Misrata, who have been fighting a militia group from . The two groups, former allies during the 2011 , have battled this year over parts of Tripoli, with fighting reportedly centered around the airport for several weeks now.
Yesterday's attack follows a similar one reported to have occurred on the night of August 17–18, arousing speculation as to the origin of the planes. Countries including, , and the have denied any involvement in either attack, with the Libyan Government opening an investigation into the source.
|Escalation by the militias in Tripoli will be met with escalation from our side until we restore security and stability to the country|
—Mohamed Buisier, political adviser to General Haftar's forces
After the attack on Monday, a spokesman for the militia group said they were not abandoning their positions and that militia fighters from other areas were joining their forces from Mosrata. A political adviser of General Haftar's forces, speaking to, said, "Escalation by the militias in Tripoli will be met with escalation from our side until we restore security and stability to the country". The forces are reported to have also attacked militias in .
General Haftar threw his weight behind the forces from Zintan in May, with the central Government losing control of much of the country, now working fromaway from the fighting. With no national army, they are forced to rely on militia groups, who, while paid by the state, and wearing uniforms, are reported by to answer to their own commanders and towns.
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