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Libyan National Army Enters SIRTE City as GNA’S Defense Collapses Despite Turkish Troop Deployment

The LNA announced that the city of Sirte is now under its full control. However, the LNA is not going to develop the advance on the pro-GNA city of Misrata right now. Most likely, the LNA leadership is planning to negotiate a kind of a deal with the Misrata militia leadership.

units of the Libyan National Army (LNA) took control of  the Gardabiya Airbase near the city of Sirte and entered Sirte itself.

According to reports from the ground, a part of Sirte(Misrata) militia loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) defected to the LNA. The rest of them retreated from a large part of the town or surrendered weapons.

On January 5, Turkish President Recep Erdogan announced that Turkish troops had started deploying in Libya. However, the Turkish military personnel would not particiapte in direct fighting, according to the President. Furthermore, the deployment just started. So, there was not enough time to change the situation strategically.