The spokesman for the Libyan National Army (LNA) Ahmed Al-Mismari said there isn’t an army or a military commander in the world who can specify a date for winning a battle or the Zero Hour, adding that specifying a date for winning the complicated battle against armed groups and terrorists would be very difficult.
Al-Mismari added that the LNA has a very broad experience in dealing with gangs as its forces had experienced similar problems in the fighting in Benghazi and Derna.
Talking to “Labald” program on 218News on Wednesday, Al-Mismari said the LNA is trying to commit to the morals and social norms of Libyans as well as human rights standards, adding that the enemy in Tripoli tends to use civilians as human shields and hides in civilian facilities, while the LNA is trying to drive the enemy forces outside civilian areas in Tripoli. He added that battles outside civilian areas in Benghazi and Derna were won by the LNA in hours.
“8 months of untraditional battle fighting in Tripoli aren’t that long. LNA is now carrying out operations in Hadba, Ain Zara and Salah Al-Deen as they are very important. We hail also the tribal and social support for the LNA in its war on terrorism.” Al-Mismari said, adding that he rejects the term “warring parties” in Libya as everyone knows the battle is between Libyans and the terrorists.
He added that Libyan airspace is now under the full control of the LNA, saying any foreign intervention on land, sea or sky will be targeted as a military threat and this message has been delivered to the international community. He also said that the LNA has a military operations room on every frontline and they are all linked to the main room chaired by the General Commander Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, who is following up the battle daily.