The Libyan National Army under commander-in-chief General Khalifa Haftar is reported to be moving to attack the Islamic State stronghold of Sirte.
|The report comes from this news site. Haftar forces, along with others from the south-west, started out over a week ago. The convoy contains many new vehicles that recently arrived in Libya. Some militia from Misrata also started moving towards Sirte. However the Presidential Council of the UN-brokered Government of National Accord (GNA) under PM-designate Faiez Serraj, ordered all units to halt their advance until a unified command was set up. Some reports even mentioned that under the Libyan Political Agreement the PC filled the role of commander-in-chief. The Misrata militias appear to have obeyed the order but Haftar has not. The Telegraph reports that the forces attacking Sirte are being backed by British, American, and French special forces.|
“Relatives tell me ISIS people can now be seen standing in the streets in their black outfits with their faces covered, selling both the eggs and the chickens. And they are selling the chickens for a very cheap price of just one or two dinars.”The group is charging $7.35 a week for cleaning the streets and collecting garbage. They are also forcing homeowners and store owners to pay rent.
“[ISIS] is forcing shopkeepers to accept the old Libyan money,[ISIS] took over the town’s bank as soon as they came to Bin Jawad and they must have found all these old one-dinar notes in the bank vaults. Although they are not supposed to take the old money, shopkeepers have no choice but to accept it because they must obey ISIS’s rules or face the consequences.”