New round of air strikes target Libya militias

16 September 2014

Former army general Khalifa Haftar claims responsibility for attack

A third round of air strikes has targeted the Islamist-led militia coalition Libya Dawn, attacking positions located south of Tripoli.

The attacks were reported by the Al-Arabiya television station and were claimed by forces loyal to former Libyan army general Khalifa Haftar, who has been leading a campaign against Islamist militias.

The latest air strikes are the first to hit Islamist positions since Libya Dawn overran Tripoli International airport and took control of the capital on 23 August.

Previous air strikes were also claimed by Haftar, who said he acted with international assistance. Pilots and jets from the UAE carried out the attacks, according to US officials.

On 14 September, Libya’s prime minister, Abdullah al-Thinni, accused Qatar of flying in three military planes loaded with weapons, supporting the Islamist-led coalition that now controls Tripoli.

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