The Libyan National Army (LNA) has declared WAR upon Turkey. Libyan airports are closed to all flights from Turkey • All Turkish ships in Libyan territorial waters will be targeted. • Turkish targets in Libya will be defined as enemies.
The Libyan National Army is a political faction in Libya and was formerly the country's national military, consisting of a ground force and air force. It was established by the Libyan government after the first Libyan civil war (2011), as Libya's previous national army was defeated by the uprising and 2011 military intervention by NATO.
The LNA is taking this action against Turkey because Turkey has repeatedly violated the International Arms Embargo, and supplied the Government of National Accord (GNA) with heavy weapons.
In 2014, the "Libyan National Army" became its own political faction when under the leadership of General Khalifa Haftar it launched "Operation Dignity," a coup against the Islamist-dominated General National Congress (GNA), the Libyan parliament. Most of the Libyan military sided with Haftar.
The LNA was the military of Libya until late 2015, when the internationally recognized Government of National Accord was established in Tripoli, and established its own Libyan Army. Since then the LNA has not been recognized as the military of Libya.
In the ongoing Second Libyan Civil War (2014–present), the Libyan National Army is loyal to the legislative body in Tobruk, the Libyan House of Representatives, internationally recognized until October 2015. It fights against the Islamist-led Libya Dawn, the Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries as well as Islamic State in Libya which is a common enemy for both the Libyan National Army and the Libya Dawn.
The internationally-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli does not have a truly unified regular army, but relies on various militia groups in northwestern Libya, which operate under the nominal command of the GNA Defense Ministry.
At the beginning of the Second Libyan Civil War, the army was split between Khalifa Haftar's "anti-terrorist" faction, which acted largely independently, and Abdulsalam al-Obaidi's "legalist" faction which relied on orders from political authorities.
In 2014, the Council of Deputies appointed Haftar commander of the whole army, re-uniting the two factions. The LNA possesses its own air force, but most of the Libyan Navy is loyal to the GNA.
Turkey will retaliate against any assault from Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar's forces, which he had ordered to attack Turkish ships and interests in the country, Turkey's defense minister says.
Hal Turner Comment: Just like that . . . another war.
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