11 September – 17 September: Leading commanders of LNA aligned forces from Tarhouna killed

Sep 18, 2019 | Libyan actors

On 13 September, the commander of the Libyan National Army’s (LNA) 9th Brigade Abdel Wahab al-Magari, the commander of the 7th Brigade/Kani militia Mohsen Kani and his brother Abdel Adeem Kani were killed in southern Tripoli. There is some ambiguity as to the cause of their deaths with competing claims suggesting they were killed when their vehicle was struck by an aerial attack or during combat in Khallet al-Furjan. The LNA have claimed that the attacks were undertaken by the “Turkish air force.”

On 13 September, the spokesperson for the Government of National Accord’s (GNA) Volcano of Rage Operations Room, Colonel Mohammed Qanunu, claimed that its air forces had successfully targeted the LNA’s operations room located at the Jufra airbase. Qanunu claimed that the GNA’s strike occurred at dawn and targeted the Jufra LNA ops room. On 13 September, LNA spokesperson, Ahmed al-Mesmari, claimed that the LNA successfully repelled the attack by the anti-LNA forces to undertake a ground and aerial assault on al-Jufra base.

On 16 September, the LNA launched aerial strikes targeting the GNA-aligned Sirte Protection Force (SPF) headquarters in Sirte, located near a feed stock. On 12 September, the LNA undertook aerial attacks on Ghardabiya airbase south of Sirte.