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Libyan Army Crushes a Militia Attack on Two Oil Terminals
20/09/2016 05:48:00
Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, commander of the Libyan National Army.

Tripoli—The Libyan national army crushed an attack by militias affiliated with ISIS and extremists on Sunday morning when they attacked Es Sider and Ras Lanuf oil terminals which had just been liberated from these same militias on 11 September.

The army gained more ground as it advanced west of Es Sider oil terminal and took control of the coastal towns of Bin Jawad, An Nawfalyah and Harawa, 60 kms of Sirte.

The attacking militias were led by outlaw Ibrahim Jadhran, a self-appointed head of the Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG), and other extremists, who regrouped after they were rooted on 11 September.

The fighting lasted seven hours according to military commanders who took part in the defending of oil terminals.

Jadhran was wounded and took refuge in the house of a tribal elder in Harawa town and his followers who survived surrendered to the army after turning in their weapons.

The crushing of what seems to be a well-planned sneaky attack complete with heavy tanks and over 150 armed vehicles is expected to be the final defeat of these outlaw militias. Jadhran blockaded the four oil terminals since 2013 costing Libya over $100 billion in lost revenue.

The fighting briefly delayed the loading of a tanker that was to be the first oil shipped from Ras Lanuf since late 2014, but it was loaded on Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters on 13 September as he visited Zuetina oil terminals, Sanalla said “we can raise production to 600,000 b/d within four weeks and to 950,000 b/d by the end of the year from around 290,000 b/d at present”.


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