Al-Mahjoub: Unification of Military Institution Does Not Mean Acceptance of Terrorists or Criminals – Al Marsad

Director of the Moral Guidance Department of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Major General Khaled al-Mahjoub, said the military parade held by the army recently in the city of Benghazi was a message to everyone that the armed forces will not stop building their capabilities, in order to enable them to perform their tasks in preserving Libya’s sovereignty, security, and stability.

(LIBYA, 7 June 2021) – Major General Khaled al-Mahjoub, in an exclusive statement to al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper on Saturday, spoke about the army’s combat capabilities, and revealed that the number of its members is now close to 100,000 soldiers.

He criticised rumours being spread by enemies of the LNA, especially the Muslim Brotherhood recently, on the existence of alleged tensions between the Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar and the United States, and also the fake news on regards the health of LNA’s Commander-in-Chief: “This recent period has witnessed rumours connected with the Muslim Brotherhood, and we say to them and to everyone else that despite the importance of Field Marshal Haftar’s role, and his being a leading figure before he was a military leader, the army is a regular institution.”

Al-Mahjoub referred to the challenges facing the military establishment, saying that the arms embargo was at the forefront of the challenges faced by the army in present times, followed by the threat of terrorism, and the implementation of the outcomes of the 5+5 Joint Military Committee—especially in eliminating armed groups which continue to operate outside the framework of Law.

Al-Mahjoub responded to questions on the delay in unifying the military institution, saying that the unification of the military institution does not mean, in any way, acceptance or integration of terrorist or criminal elements into the armed forces.

Regarding the relationship of the LNA with the Interim Government of National Unity (GNU), Mahjoub said: “The government’s mission is to unify institutions and prepare for elections, and of course it has capabilities and cannot do everything, and we give it enough space to operate freely.”