Factions of the Libyan National Army (LNA), led by General Khalifa Haftar, have made a thrust into Tripoli and have claimed to have taken control of Tripoli International Airport, which hasn’t been anywhere near fully functional since 2014.
The UN-backed Libyan government is based in Tripoli, whereas Haftar has amassed his power largely in the eastern and southern stretches of Libya. Last week, Haftar ordered his militias to take the Libyan Government’s seat of power in what could be a far more decisive military operation than most expected it to be.
On Saturday, April 6th, 2019 the UN Security Council demanded Haftar stop his military push into Tripoli and to de-escalate the growing military crisis that could see various militia factions pour into Tripoli for what would be another bloody battle for the war-torn city.
Video has now emerged showing U.S. Navy Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) hovercraft approaching and landing on the beach in the town of Janzour, which is located just a few miles to the west of Tripoli. The LCACs supposedly landed, loaded-up, and left the area. U.S. Marines also likely supported the operation by providing additional security.
Statement from US Africa Command:
”Due to increased unrest in Libya, a contingent of U.S. forces supporting U.S. Africa Command temporarily relocated in response to security conditions on the ground.” pic.twitter.com/8ufnq5lOZs
— Aldin 🇧🇦 (@aldin_ww) April 7, 2019