BERIUT, LEBANON (8:10 A.M.) – An important battle is brewing in northwestern Libya as the Turkish-backed forces from the Government of General Accords and Egyptian-backed Libyan National Army (LNA) prepare to square off in the capital city of Tripoli.
Using his battle-tested forces, General Khalifah Haftar has managed to seize much of the country from terrorist groups like the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) and Al-Qaeda, along with the Turkish-backed Government of General Accords.
With the recent capture Gariyan in northwestern Libya, the Haftar-led forces have besieged the Government of General Accords south of Tripoli city.
Furthermore, the Haftar-led Libyan National Army is now within striking distance of Tripoli for the first time since the second phase of the Libyan War began.
While the Government of General Accords is in no doubt serious trouble, they may get bailed out by their Turkish allies, who have already sent much needed military aid to the forces in Tripoli.
Should Turkey mimic their moves in Syria, which saw them enter the Idlib and Aleppo governorates to the block the Syrian government forces from taking these territories, they could ultimately force the Libyan National Army to halt their operations around the capital.
However, the likelihood of the Turkish military deploying to Tripoli is very slim, especially given that the Libyan National Army is already at the outskirts of the capital city.
The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres did meet with Haftar on Friday, but it is unlikely that he was able to persuade the Libyan general to abort his military initiate.