Senior Military and Political Sources Reveal the Truth on LNA Movements in Shwayrif – Al Marsad

REPORT | Senior military and political sources denied any truth to reports circulating in some suspicious social media pages that claim a military build-up by the Libyan National Army (LNA) in Shwayrif with the aim of attacking Gharyan, Tarhouna and Bani Walid. The rumours and fake news from pro-Turkish and Islamist sources were timed to support continued Turkish military presence in Libya.

(Libya, 27 April 2021) – A senior military source from the LNA’s General Command told AlMarsad on Monday that rumours circulating on social media were unfounded, and stressed that Turkish intelligence were behind the posts by funded activists and their affiliated pages.

TURKISH PROPAGANDA TO JUSTIFY OCCUPATION

The same source said Turkish intelligence always resorted to “cheap moves” whenever there is talk about withdrawal of all foreign forces, including Turkish ones “to justify the necessity of continuing occupying bases in Libya.”

On the possible motives behind the recent rumor on LNA build up in Shwayrif, he said: “Turkey always wants to delude its supporters, Erdogan followers and even other militias, that there is a constant threat to them which requires a permanent Turkish presence to protect them.” The source said, “Turkey is only concerned with the continuation of its presence in North Africa, even if it means fabricating one hundred years of rumors to spread fear and justify its occupation.”

STOPPING CHADIAN REBELS ENTERING LIBYA

Regarding the movement of the LNA from east to southwest, the same source revealed that the final destination of the LNA forces was the Chadian border, in order to strengthen efforts to prevent the entry of any Chadian rebels after their defeat from Kanem in northern Chad. The source indicated that the moment of its troops was part of a plan to send three brigades to the border.

The senior LNA military source emphasized the need to prevent Chadian rebels from entering Libya at a time when some battalions had already arrived there several days ago to al-Sarra base, and then west to the Nigerian border.

RUMOURS AIM AT FURTHER TENSION AND BLOCK ELECTIONS

In the same context, AlMarsad contacted a senior source in the Office of the Chairman of the Presidential Council in Tripoli, who confirmed that Mohamad al-Menfi contacted all concerned parties, including the presidential forces that denied the presence or monitoring of any movements in the mentioned area.

The same source said that the objective of these rumors was to sustain a state of tension and mistrust, in order to help block December Parliamentary and Presidential elections, which Libyans want and aspire to. The source from the Presidential Council urged Libyans not to heed to such rumours that are promoted by certain parties. The source also questioned the timing of the allegations, which came hours before al-Menfi’s visit to Sirte to meet with the 5+5 Joint Military Committee on Tuesday morning, with possible announcement of the reopening of the coastal road.

The activist Naji al-Hajj (al-Kiwi), who is close to the National Mobile Force stationed in Janzur led by Said Goujil with groups of Turkish and Syrian under the Ministry of Defense and its former Minister Salah al-Namroush. However, al-Hadi Darrah, spokesperson for the Volcano of Anger Operations Room in Sirte and al-Jufra, denied the authenticity of the news.

TIMING OF RUMOURS IS SUSPECT

The rumours and fake news on LNA forces gathering in Shwayrif with the aim of attacking Gharyan, Tarhouna and Bani Walid, comes at a time when 5+5 Joint Military Committee is meeting in Sirte, during which it is expected to announce the opening of the coastal road which is key for the stability of the country and trust building between the warring sides.

Al-Mangoush: The GNU is Determined that Turkey Withdraws its Forces from Libya

It also follows in the wake of a fierce Islamist campaign against the Foreign Minister of the interim Government of National Unity (GNU) Najla al-Mangoush’s statements in Rome on the necessity of all foreign forces, including Turkey, of leaving Libyan soil.

© ALMARSAD ENGLISH (2021)

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