Officers of the Libyan National Army(LNA) meeting near the southern city of Sebha named General Suliman Kanah, as southern commander. Commander-in-chief Marshal Khalifa Haftar was not consulted.
|In spite of naming a new commander without the approval of Haftar the officers said that they were still under the control of the army according to the Libya Herald. They also agreed to set up a southern operations room. Army personnel were told to report to their units.|
During a meeting in Qira town in Wadi Shati on Thursday, the officers selected General Ali Kannah as the commander of “Libyan Arab Armed Forces in South Libya,” and to be separate from Khalifa Haftar’s so called “General Command of Libyan Armed Forces” in Al-Marj.There does not seem to be any statement about being part of Haftar's Libyan National Army or the General Command of the Libyan Armed Forces. Kannah confirmed that the group would not act under a unified command until the Libyan state was built. The group is obviously not joining GNA forces under the command of the Presidential Council. He said his forces would not be involved in politics. The establishment of the group he said was an internal matter for the southern region.
General Mohamed Ben Nail said that his troops had surrounded the rebel commanders and used mediators to persuade them to hand over their arms. According to LANA in Beida the rebels had then been allowed to go free. There was no mention of where this confrontation took place nor whether Kannah was among the disarmed commanders who were released.General Nail blamed UN envoy, Martin Kobler, for the attempted rebellion claiming his aim was to divide the Libyan National Army. As a result of the rebellion, Nail said the LNA had reinforced its positions in the city of Sebha. It will be interesting to find out what happens to Kannah.