FILE PHOTO: Libya's eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar attends General Security conference, in Benghazi, Libya, October 14, 2017. REUTERS
Forces loyal to eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar are preparing a mission to “liberate the homeland from terrorism”, a force spokesman said on Wednesday, suggesting the capital Tripoli was a desirable destination.
Ahmed Mismari did not say directly whether his force would move on Tripoli in western Libya, which is controlled by the internationally recognized government opposing a parallel administration in the east.
But he said the Libyan National Army (LNA) was gathering forces for a possible mission “to liberate the homeland from terrorism.”
“We do not want Tripoli for the power or money, we want Tripoli for sake of the dignity and prestige of a strong state,” he told reporters.