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Gulf of Sidra Offensive (2018)
Date 11–21 June 2018
Location Ras Lanuf and Sidra
Result Libyan National Army victory
Territorial
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Ras Lanuf and Sidra are recaptured by the Tobruk government.
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</tr><tr> <th colspan="2" style="background-color: #B0C4DE; text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Belligerents</th> </tr><tr> <td style="width:50%; border-right:1px dotted #aaa;">Flag of Taliban.svg Benghazi Defense Brigades[1]
Supported by:

  • Flag of Qatar.svg Qatar (Allegedly)[2]
  • Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey (Allegedly)[3]
  • Flag of Sudan.svg Sudan (Allegedly)[3]

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</td> </tr><tr> <th colspan="2" style="background-color: #B0C4DE; text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Commanders and leaders</th> </tr><tr> <td style="width:50%; border-right:1px dotted #aaa;">Flag of Taliban.svg Ibrahim Jadhran[1] </td><td style="width:50%; padding-left:0.25em">Flag of the Libyan National Army.svg Khalifa Haftar </td> </tr><tr> <th colspan="2" style="background-color: #B0C4DE; text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Strength</th> </tr><tr> <td style="width:50%; border-right:1px dotted #aaa;">Less than 1,000[4] </td><td style="width:50%; padding-left:0.25em">Undisclosed </td> </tr><tr> <th colspan="2" style="background-color: #B0C4DE; text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Casualties and losses</th> </tr><tr> <td style="width:50%; border-right:1px dotted #aaa;"> </td><td style="width:50%; padding-left:0.25em">15 killed, 25 wounded[2] </td> </tr></table> The Gulf of Sidra Offensive was an offensive of the Second Libyan Civil War. It was launched by the Benghazi Defense Brigades on 11 June 2018,[1] and was fought concurrently with the Battle of Derna (2018). On the first day, The Benghazi Defense Brigades captured Ras Lanuf and Sidra, before the Libyan National Army started a counteroffensive on 17 June.[5] On 21 June, The LNA captured Ras Lanuf and Al Sidra.[6] Hours later, The Benghazi Defense Brigades claimed to capture these cities once again,[7][8] but the LNA denied these claims, releasing pictures showing their soldiers within Sidra and Ras Lanuf.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Splinter militia in Libya attacks Haftar-controlled oil sites" (in en). Middle East Eye. https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/splinter-militia-libya-attacks-haftar-controlled-oil-sites-1658039528. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Libya: LNA foils Qatari plot, reclaims oil crescent". Egypt Today. http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/2/52582/Libya-LNA-foils-Qatari-plot-reclaims-oil-crescent. Retrieved 2018-11-17. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Sputnik (2018-05-25). "Qatar, Turkey Attended Palermo Conference on Libya to Support Terrorists - LNA - Sputnik International". Sputniknews.com. https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201811151069827284-qatar-turkey-libya/. Retrieved 2018-11-17. 
  4. "Libya: Capture of Export Terminals Adds To the Momentum for an Oil Production Boost". Worldview.stratfor.com. 2018-06-14. https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/libya-capture-export-terminals-adds-momentum-oil-production-boost. Retrieved 2018-11-17. 
  5. "'Major offensive' launched in Libya's oil crescent" (in en). The National. https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/major-offensive-launched-in-libya-s-oil-crescent-1.741210. 
  6. "Dignity Operation recaptures oil terminals after speedy retreat from Jadran forces | The Libya Observer" (in en). https://www.libyaobserver.ly/news/dignity-operation-recaptures-oil-terminals-after-speedy-retreat-jadran-forces. 
  7. "Fighting resumes near Libya’s Ras Lanuf oil port after LNA advance" (in en-GB). https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/06/21/fighting-resumes-near-libyas-ras-lanuf-oil-port-after-lna-advance/. 
  8. "From "the Holy Invasion" to "the Big Escape", Khalifa Haftar forces lose oil terminals again | The Libya Observer" (in en). https://www.libyaobserver.ly/news/%E2%80%9C-holy-invasion%E2%80%9D-%E2%80%9C-big-escape%E2%80%9D-khalifa-haftar-forces-lose-oil-terminals-again. 
  9. "LNA claim to have recaptured oil ports |". Libyaherald.com. 2018-06-22. https://www.libyaherald.com/2018/06/22/lna-claim-to-have-recaptured-oil-ports/. Retrieved 2018-11-17. 

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