The withdrawal of the Libyan army from the “patriot” is a military tactic



Al Ain newsletter Abdel Hadi Rabie ‘
Libyan military experts have suggested that the Libyan National Army battles in the capital, Tripoli, will develop in the coming days, and will not be affected by the tactical withdrawal from the Al-Wattia military base, in the southwest of the country.

In separate statements to Al-Ain News, they emphasized that the withdrawal of the Libyan army from the air base is a “military tactic” that will not affect the course of the battles, and that the forces with this withdrawal entered a direct war with Turkey and the Al-Wefaq government militia after what they described as the “patriotism tactic.”

The experts pointed out that the Al-Wattia base was not of military importance for the battles in Tripoli, and that the Libyan army forces had to withdraw tactically from them to develop the attack east, and to keep the soldiers and weapons who are guarding that base.

Militias of Fayez’s government attacked al-Sarraj, in Tripoli, backed by Syrian mercenaries and an “Anka” Turkish pilot, on Monday, the al-Wattia air base west of Tripoli.

The Libyan National Army considered that the militia’s control of the Al-Wattia air base, captured a wind and an attempt to promote an imaginary victory within the “known and usual military tactics in wars,” especially that they are not of military importance at the present time.

Direct war

Brigadier Sharaf Al-Din Al-Alwani, the Libyan military expert, said that the battle between the Libyan army and the Turkish forces entered a new planning and tactic for the direct war with Turkey, which necessitated a change in plans, including the necessity of withdrawing from the Al-Wataya air base.

Al-Alwani told Al-Ain News that the Libyan army decided to opt-out from the Al-Watiyah base for two reasons. The first is: preserving the lives of fighters, especially while they are in an open desert area, and the second reason: to pump the war effort into other axes more important than this base that is still under Army fire control if any threat poses.

He pointed out that “Al Qaeda” was not at the present time of military importance, especially that it is most of its aircraft from the eighth decade of the last century, and the Libyan army has other bases closer to the axes east of Misrata and south of Tripoli, such as the military bases in Jafra, Sirte, Ras Lanuf and others.

The military expert said that the tactical withdrawal of the Libyan army is “artful and subtle from the general leadership led by Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter,” stressing that “Al Qaeda is in areas whose population is divided between a weak supporter of the Libyan army and traitors, among them are weak souls and funded by the terrorist Brotherhood and Turkey.”

He noted that if the Libyan army had decided to stay and despair in the defense of al-Qaeda, this would be the “actual defeat”, especially as it does not fight militias but rather colonial Turkey.

The Libyan analyst added that the results of the withdrawal were positive, whether for fighters or aircraft, operating rooms, ammunition, and equipment that were transferred to a safe location.

Al-Alwani confirmed that the Libyan army would surprise everyone with a very great tactic and tactic, and it might be one of the largest militia bases in the hands of the armed forces within a short time.

Do not go back

For his part, Libyan military analyst Mohamed Tarhouni stressed that the army forces continue to fight terrorism and that withdrawing from the Al-Wattia base will not deter it from continuing to liberate the country.

And Al-Tarhouni added that the Libyan army controls many important military bases and camps in the heart of Tripoli and the area around Misurata, and this is the main goal of the flood of dignity launched by the army.

He pointed out that the “tactical withdrawal” that was implemented was very successful and preserved the Libyan army forces, pointing out that the army continues its military operations and that the Libyan people support it in its battle against the Turkish invasion.

Al-Tarhouni stated that the terrorist militias stormed the al-Sa`qah camp in Benghazi in 2014, but they were eliminated and completely expelled from the cities of the east and south, and that the Libyan army was aware of the military plans for tactical withdrawals and maneuvers.

The heart of Tripoli

For his part, the Libyan military expert, Colonel Ali Salem bin Mansour, said that the withdrawal of the Libyan army from al-Watiyah was a military tactical that did not affect the fighting battles, as the army managed to penetrate the streets of Tripoli.

He added that the Libyan Armed Forces were able to advance in the Abu Salim neighborhood, which is less than 4 km from the headquarters of the Presidential Council for Militias, and that the coming hours will witness more progress as a result of the support provided by the withdrawal from the Al-Wattia air base.

He noted, “Bin Mansour” that the Libyan army was able to maintain the base for several more months, but what is the benefit of staying in the far west after his forces penetrated the streets of the capital?

The Libyan army says that its forces have performed an optional retrogressive maneuver, which is frequently occurring in the context of battles from the logic of the so-called “tactical adjustment” that accompanies tidal situations in events, and is linked to changes that may occur in the balance of military forces.

He added that what happened in the past hours at the base of al-Watiyah was accurate, classified and carefully studied by the General Command of the army, and this is proven by the evidence that the militias did not find in the base a damaged air defense system, crushed and a number of scrap aircraft that date back to the 1980’s.


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