General Haftar held a missile exercise in eastern Libya! + Images
ISWNews Analysis Group: On March 9, the Libyan National Army (LNA) fired Scud missiles into eastern Libya during the Al-Karama missile exercise in southern Benghazi.
During the exercise, the Al-Karama Missile Battalion fired four Scud missiles at targets southwest of Tobruk, 200 and 242 kilometers south of Benghazi.
The Al-Karama exercise was held with the presence of commander of the LNA, Khalifa Haftar, Chief of General Staff, Chiefs of Staff, and a number of LNA officers.
The Scud missile is a short-range ballistic missile built by the Soviet Union from 1957 to 1989 in four models. The engine of this missile uses liquid fuel and its range is between 180 and 700 km.
Political tensions in Libya have risen again following the election of Fathi Bashagha (Interior Minister of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord) as the new Prime Minister of Libya by the Libyan parliament, as well as the failed assassination of the current Prime Minister of the transitional government, Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh. These differences have led to the postponement of the presidential election in Libya several times and have made the future of the country more uncertain. Hence, General Haftar seeks to demonstrate his power in Libya by firing Gaddafi-era missiles.