Libyan pro-government forces walk next to their vehicle mounted with a machine gun on May 18, 2016 in Abu Grein, south of Libya's third city Misrata, a day after Libya's unity government recaptured the area from the Islamic State (IS) group. four of the Bodies of The organization of the Islamic State (Daash) in a truck in Abu Qurayn About 300 km east of the Libyan capital Tripoli , on May 18, 2016. The UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) forces said on Facebook that they recaptured Abu Grein strategic crossroads, where the coastal highway meets the main road south into the desert interior on May 17, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD TURKIA

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:40 P.M.) – The Benghazi-based Libyan National Army (LNA) launched a massive offensive on Thursday to capture the capital city of Tripoli.

The Director of the Information Office for the General Command of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa al-Obeidi, said that the “Tariq bin Ziad Battalion and Battalion 128 of the Libyan Arab Armed Forces carried out a strong attack on Wadi Al-Rabe’a south of Tripoli,” noting that “the orders and instructions were issued by the military commander of the army. Now our forces are beginning to make real progress. “

On Wednesday, the Libyan National Army repulsed a large offensive by the forces of the Government of National Accord (GNA) at the Wadi Al-Rabe’a axis; this operation only lasted for a short period of time. 

“This has prompted the army to withdraw to avoid clashes in the center of the city,” an LNA source told RT.

The Libyan National Army is seeking to expel the GNA forces from Tripoli and consolidate their presence in the northwestern part of the country.

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  1. Are you Sure that what you so called Libyan army held massive offensive ?
    You are wrong weather you meant or you don’t know ,that GNA forces are in Ghryan today of your article issued date , come on ??????