The United States military pulled a contingent of its troops from Libya on Sunday amid a surge in violence in the capital city of Tripoli, America’s top commander for Africa said.
“The security realities on the ground in Libya are growing increasingly complex and unpredictable,” Marine Corps Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, head of US Africa Command, said Sunday in a statement.
“Even with an adjustment of the force, we will continue to remain agile in support of existing US strategy.”The American forces, who provide military support for diplomatic missions, counterterrorism activities and improving regional security, have been relocated temporarily in response to “increased unrest.”
The yank forces, UN agency offer military support for diplomatic missions, scheme activities and rising regional security, are resettled quickly in response to “increased unrest.”Col. Chris Karns, representative for Africa Command, reiterated that the movement of troops wouldn’t impact the force’s ability to reply to threats and targets.
“For security reasons, I will not pinpoint wherever these forces can flow,” same Karns. “It is vital (that) teams, like ISIS, haven’t got a precise map of our whereabouts, however instead we have a tendency to use our finite resources on the continent to regulate fleetly, with efficiency, and use with most result.”
Years of chaotic fighting within the war-worn country have reached a crescendo in recent days as General Khalifa Haftar pushes to require management of the capital.On Sunday, his supposed Libyan National Army (LNA) same it had launched airstrikes targeting UN-backed forces in southern Tripoli.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a statement calling on Haftar to stop the offensive.”We have made clear that we oppose the military offensive by Khalifa Haftar’s forces and urge the immediate halt to these military operations against the Libyan capital,” he said in a statement Sunday.
Saying there is “no military solution to the Libya conflict,” Pompeo called on Libyan leaders and other international partners to return to UN mediated negotiations.
The United Nations Mission to Libya (UNSMIL) called for a “humanitarian truce” from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. local time in the south of the city, urging rival forces to halt fighting so that ambulances could safely extract civilians injured in clashes.
Forces under the command of the renegade Libyan general made a surprise advance Thursday on the capital, where the country’s UN-recognized government, the Government of National Accord, has its base.
The GNA has announced a counteroffensive to defend Tripoli as Haftar’s troops draw closer.On Sunday, spokesman for the GNA’s armed forces, Mohammed Qanouno, heralded the launch of a military operation dubbed “Volcano of Rage,” aimed at “cleansing all Libyan cities from the outlawed,” Tripoli-based Libya Al-Ahrar TV reported.