AFRICOM Assessing Ongoing Security Situation in Libya and Monitoring Extremist Activities – Al Marsad

The Director of Public Affairs and Communication Synchronization at United States Africa Command (AFRICOM), Christopher Karns, told the London-based Arabic daily newspaper Al-Sharq Al-Awsat that AFRICOM continues to monitor the security situation in Libya and remains committed to ensuring surveillance to provide assessment and prevent any renewal of activities of violent and extremist organizations.

[Libya, 24 November 2019] – Colonel Karns said in a statement to Al-Sharq Al-Awsat that both the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) and the Libyan National Army (LNA) are aware of AFRICOM’s monitoring activity in support of counter-terrorism operations and efforts that are exerted to enhance security in Libya and the region.

In the meantime, the US Department of Defense has acknowledged the loss of a US Army unarmed drone flying over Libya, where battles between the Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, and militias loyal to the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Fayez al-Sarraj, have been ongoing since last April.

Colonel Christopher Karns declined to disclose the location of the crash, saying: “At the moment we cannot provide further comments or additional details because this incident is currently under investigation by the leadership of AFRICOM.”

AFRICOM has previously said in a brief statement that a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) was unarmed and was conducting operations to assess the ongoing security situation in Libya and monitor violent extremist activity when it was lost. The statement did not provide any further clarifications, stating that the incident is currently under investigation.

© Al Marsad English (2019).