Libya: UN-backed government defending capital from warlord Haftar now using drones on front lines

Armed groups defending Libya’s capital from an offensive by Egyptian and Emirati-backed warlord Khalifa Haftar have obtained drones for the first time and begun to deploy them along the front lines, a senior official told The Independent.

Khaled al-Meshri, president of Libya’s High Council, confirmed in an interview that the United Nations-backed Government of National Accord had obtained unmanned drones in the last few days and modified them to counter the devastating effect of Mr Haftar’s war planes and aerial surveillance capabilities.

“Yes, we have drones,” he said. “Our aerial capacity has gotten better. The logic is overwhelming here, that the more time goes, the better we get. We didn’t expect this war.”

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