On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Libyan National Army (LNA) of eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar battled with Chadian rebel troops in Libya’s south, according to both parties.
The battle highlights the danger of additional instability in the Sahel area, where a variety of groups operate across borders and where fighting has given terrorist organizations a foothold.
The LNA, which controls much of eastern and southern Libya, has stated that it is conducting military operations against “terrorist groups” and the Chadian resistance.
The Front for Change and Concord in Chad (FACT) rebel group stated on social media that Haftar’s soldiers had attacked its positions on the border, battling alongside Sudanese mercenaries and French troops.
The LNA claimed to have carried out air strikes and was patrolling the skies. According to FACT, French air attacks damaged its positions.
The French army stated that it had neither ground or air forces in the region.
According to experts, FACT was located in Libya and fought with the LNA throughout phases of Libya’s civil war, obtaining heavy weapons from Haftar.