Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Libya Civil War Map & Timeline - November 2019

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Libya civil war map: Who controls what? A concise, professional map of who controls Libya now (November 2019). Shows detailed territorial control in the Libyan Civil War as of September 27, 2019, including all major parties (Government of National Accord (GNA); Tobruk House of Representatives, General Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA), and allies; Tuareg and Toubou (Tebu, Tubu) militias in the south; the so-called Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL); and other groups such as the National Salvation Government (NSG)). Includes recent locations of interest including Yarmouk Camp, Murzuq, Aziziya, and more. Colorblind accessible.
Base map by Koen Adams of onestopmap.com, with territorial control by Evan Centanni and Djordje Djukic.
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Timeline by Djordje Djukic


Map of Libya: Current Situation

In the time since our previous Libya control map update at the end of September, fighting has raged on around the country's capital city of Tripoli between forces loyal to the two main competing governments. The eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) has continued to consolidate footholds around the capital, but still hasn't managed to turn the tables enough to capture the city itself from the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA). Meanwhile, forces of the so-called "Islamic State" (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) are still present in the Libyan desert despite the death of their organization's leader in Syria last month.

Flag of Libya (2011-present) Country Name:  
• Libya (English)
• Lībyā (Arabic)
Official Name:  
• State of Libya (English)
Dawlat Lībyā (Arabic) 
Capital: Tripoli

Timeline of Events

The following is a detailed timeline of major political events and changes to territorial control since our previous Libya map report of September 27, 2019.

September 30, 2019
The US conducted an airstrike against forces of the so-called "Islamic State" (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Murzuq, killing seven fighters. It was the fourth US airstrike against IS positions at Murzuq since September 19, with the previous ones leaving 36 people dead.

October 2, 2019
It was reported that between 10 and 35 private military contractors (PMCs) of the Russian “Wagner Group” were killed during September while supporting the Libyan National Army (LNA) against the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA). Meanwhile, the LNA reportedly made an advance near GNA-held Aziziya, while the GNA claimed to have repelled an LNA attack elsewhere.

October 4, 2019
The LNA made minimal advances near Tripoli International Airport, while a GNA attack southeast of Tripoli was repelled.

October 6, 2019
LNA forces captured two villages east of Aziziya and managed to reach the outskirts of the town before being pushed back to the villages.

October 15, 2019
The LNA captured an artillery camp near the military base known as Yarmouk Camp and a village east of Aziziya, while the GNA recaptured the two villages east of Aziziya that it had lost earlier in the month. The LNA had also once again entered Murzuq by this time.

October 20, 2019
The GNA reportedly recaptured parts of two areas south of Tripoli from which it had retreated days earlier.

October 22, 2019
The GNA temporarily made gains south of Tripoli before being pushed back by the LNA in a counterattack several hours later. Meanwhile, the LNA made an advance near the artillery camp it had seized one week earlier and once again seized the two villages east of Aziziya.

October 25-26, 2019
The LNA’s 73rd Infantry Brigade made further advances south of Tripoli and the following day the LNA captured the Yarmouk Camp military base. During the battle for the base, 16 LNA soldiers were reportedly killed.

October 29, 2019
The LNA advanced west from the Yarmouk Camp.

November 2, 2019
LNA forces captured an area southwest of Tripoli International Airport.

November 5, 2019
The number of Russian PMCs on the frontline south of Tripoli grew to 200 or 300, with Russian sniper fire responsible for a number of fatalities among GNA forces. It was thought that the introduction of more modern battle tactics by the professional Russian fighters was going to have “an outsized impact”, when taking into account “the amateurish nature” of the ground clashes in the conflict.

November 8, 2019
The LNA advanced southeast of Aziziya and north of the Yarmouk Camp, while the GNA also made a small advance elsewhere south of Tripoli.

November 13, 2019
The LNA conducted airstrikes against GNA positions at an airbase in Sirte.

November 10, 2019
It was reported that the GNA deployed to five towns south of the coast and near the Tunisian border, while the LNA deployed to a town west of Sabratha. The area that came under GNA control was said to have been under nominal LNA control due to agreements with local forces, which had now switched allegiances to the GNA. The GNA also reportedly entered a town south of Zawiya.

November 15, 2019
The LNA made new advances west of Yarmouk Camp, approaching a GNA military base, while the GNA recaptured territory it had lost a week earlier north of the Yarmouk Camp.

November 18, 2019
A border crossing with Tunisia, near Nalut, came under GNA control.

November 18-19, 2019
An LNA airstrike hit a biscuit factory in Tripoli, killing 7 or 10 people. Most of the dead were migrants, but they also included two Libyans. Five of the dead were from Bangladesh. The next day, the LNA conducted airstrikes against a GNA munitions depot and Turkish-supplied armored vehicles in Misrata.


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