Libyan National Army Arrests 7 Qaeda Members in Sophisticated Operation

Libyan National Army (LNA) spokesman Ahmed al-Mismari. (AFP)

The Libyan National Army (LNA), commanded by Khalifa Haftar, dealt a heavy blow to the al-Qaeda terrorist group by arresting seven of its members in southern Libya.

LNA spokesman Ahmed al-Mismari announced that the military had carried out a sophisticated operation against an al-Qaeda position in the southwestern region of Awbari, detaining seven of its members‎.

The detainees hail from different countries and include Hassan and Omar al-Washi. The LNA also seized large amounts of weapons and ammunition, as well as “dangerous documents”.

Mismari said the operation was part of efforts aimed at cracking down on terrorist cells in the country.

Separately, an LNA official revealed that Turkey had in recent days set up an air bridge aimed at transferring military equipment and fighter jets to support the Government of National Accord (GNA) in western Libya.

The development took place in spite of the agreements that were reached by the joint military committee (5+5) and that call for an end to the military cooperation between Ankara and the GNA.

The Turkish Defense Ministry also released photos of a military training undertaken by the GNA forces and overseen by Turkish officers.

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