BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:40 P.M.) – The month of January was not kind to the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) forces, as they found themselves on the losing end of several battles across Libya.

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Beginning at the coastal city of Sirte, the GNA-aligned Misrata militias suffered a major setback after the Libyan National Army (LNA) established full control over this area and pushed the GNA west towards Misrata.

Following the capture of Sirte, the LNA began their campaign to advance towards the key city and GNA-stronghold of Misrata.

A full map of Libya after the Libyan National Army (LNA) captured several areas from the Government of National Accord (GNA) in January. Al-Masdaar News

The Libyan National Army has been able to capture several towns and villages between Misrata and Sirte these past few weeks, putting them only 90 kilometers away from the former.

If the Libyan National Army is successful in capturing Misrata, this will be a major blow to the GNA, as the aforementioned city has long been a stronghold for them and one of the last cities under their control east of Tripoli.

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Unfortunately the LNA offensive has ground to a halt along the line of Wadi Zemzem, south of “Y “junction and Abu Qrayn. Misrata is very well defended and will only be taken IF the Misrati militia do not get Turkish and other NATO close air and naval gun support. Having wasted six months doing pointless political maneuvring, in Tripoli south LNA have not been able to advance even to the line of Third Ring Road and are stalled in the outer rural-urban districts, still to enter the heavily fortified built-up districts. Keep seeing countless fotos on social media of long… Read more »