Government of National Unity (GNA) troops arrived in the centre of Sirte and confirmed their military superiority over the rebel Libyan National Army (LNA), which was forced to retreat.
Muammar Qaddafi’s home town, 370 kilometres east of the capital, joined the list of victories of the troops of the internationally recognised Libyan government, which last week also managed to regain full control of Tripoli after a 14-month rebel siege of Tarhouna and Bani Walid, the last opposition strongholds in the west of the country.
The pulse between the GNA and the LNA is actually the pulse between Turkey and Russia , which in recent months have extended the duel they are fighting in Syria to Libyan soil. The deployment in January of ships, drones and thousands of Syrian Islamist militiamen by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in support of the ANG not only halted the advance of the rebels in Tripoli, but has also turned the war in the North African country upside down.
For the first time since 2014, Marshal Khalifa Haftar, leader of the LNA and man on the ground for Russian President Vladimir Putin, seems to be against the ropes in this conflict and travelled to Cairo to propose the start of a dialogue process to end the violence.