President of Libyan State Council asks Presidency Council to liberate Sirte from islamic State
Abdulrahman Sewehli, president of the State Council, has asked the Presidency Council of the UN-brokered Government of National Accord (GNA) to send forces to liberate Sirte and other places controlled by the Islamic State.
|The State Council is a mainly advisory body composed of former members of the Tripoli-based Salvation government associated with the General National Congress (GNC). The president also urged the Presidency Council to request the UN Security Council to lift the weapons ban on Libya so that arms can be imported to fight the Islamic State or Daesh. The Presidency Council has nine members led by Prime Minister Faiez Serraj. Only seven of nine are at present participating in the Council. A State Council statement said that quick action was needed as the Islamic State was intending to expand its area of influence and attack oil facilities. The State Council noted that it was making its recommendation in line with clause 5 or Article 24 of the LPA to recruit a force led by professional military commanders from all over the country to capture Sirte. Clause 5 gives the State Council the power to propose policies and recommendations on combating terrorism, extremism, violence, and exclusion.|
Reports that several battalions from #Misrata are moving towards #Sirte to liberate the city from #ISISEvents in Libya are trending towards increasing conflicts between the GNA in the west and the HoR together with Haftar loyalists in the east. Kobler appears unable to find any solution to the conflict but insists on forging ahead to try and strengthen the GNA. In a recent interview he makes no mention of when or where the next meeting of the HoR to vote on the GNA is to take place.