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U.S. temporarily withdraws its military from Libya

Military personnel who were involved in the protection of diplomatic missions, assisted the authorities in the fight against terrorism and strengthening stability in the region is leaving the country
21:16, 7 April 2019

AFP

The African Command of the U.S. Armed Forces (AFRICOM) announced the decision to temporarily withdraw its troops from Libya due to the aggravation of the situation in the country. This is noted in the corresponding statement of the command.

It is mentioned that the military personnel who were involved in the protection of diplomatic missions, assisted the authorities in the fight against terrorism and strengthening stability in the region is leaving Libya.

It is reported that the U.S. continues to closely monitor the situation and will continue to support the people and the government of Libya. According to Thomas Waldhauser, the Marine Corps Commander in Africa, the situation in the country is "complex and unpredictable."

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Foreign ministers of the G7 said on Friday that they were strongly opposed to military action in the country and implicitly warned eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar against continuing his advance on the capital Tripoli, Reuters reported.

“We firmly believe that there is no military solution to the Libyan conflict,” the foreign ministers from France, Britain, Germany, United States, Italy, Japan and Canada said in a statement sent amid talks in western France.

“We strongly oppose any military action in Libya. Any Libyan actor or faction that precipitates further civil conflict are harming innocent people and standing in the way of the peace that Libyans deserve.”

The advance that began on Thursday by Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) force, which is allied to a parallel administration based in the east, escalates a power struggle that has splintered the nation since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

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