The United Nations-backed government of Libya has announced control over the capital city after reclaiming the airport from General Haftar’s LNA forces.
While commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), General Khalifa Haftar, has sought to drive out the forces of the internationally-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) of Libya, recent reports indicate that he’s facing a setback with the loss of the Tripoli International Airport on Wednesday, which has been closed since 2014.
Following this event, the terms for a potential ceasefire are being reevaluated. Turkish forces assisting the GNA in recent months have helped pave the way for this turn of events.
While the GNA receives military aid from primarily Turkey, the LNA has the backing of Egypt, Russia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
This is considered to be Haftar’s second major setback in recent weeks after his forces also lost the al-Wattiya military airbase located southwest of Tripoli.