Libyan National Army
|Military of Libya
|Service branches||Libyan Ground Forces
Libyan Air Force
|Minister of Defense||Abdullah Al-Thini|
|Chief of staff||Major General Abdulsalam Jad Allah Al-Salheen Al-Obaidi|
|1,775,078 males, age 15–49,
1,714,194 females, age 15–49
|1,511,144 males, age 15–49,
1,458,934 females, age 15–49
The Libyan National Army is the national armed force of Libya, comprising a ground army, an air force and a navy. It is currently being re-established by the Libyan government, as Libya's previous national army was defeated in the Libyan civil war and disbanded. As of May 2012, an estimated 35,000 personnel have joined its ranks.
Structure of the National Army
- 17th Thunderbolt Special Forces Brigade - Tripoli
- 27th Brigade - Tripoli.
The Libyan National Army was founded in 2011 by the National Transitional Council, after forces aligned to it defeated the previous Libyan Army and overthrew Muammar Gaddafi's regime. Supply depots and bases having been damaged during the civil war, the new army is faced with the challenge of having to rebuild much of the country's military infrastructure. Yousef Mangoush was named as its first Chief of Staff on 2 January 2012 and the force saw its first major deployment on 23 February, when it was deployed to Kufra to intervene in a tribal conflict.
In November 2011, the National Transitional Council begun the difficult process of restructuring the army, with military personnel who defected from the Gaddafi regime and former rebel fighters of the National Liberation Army forming the basis of the new Libyan Army. Major General Khalifa Belgacem Haftar was chosen as the overall commander of the new Libyan Army due to his military experience and loyalty to the revolution that overthrew Gaddafi.
The Libyan Army only numbered "a few thousand" trained soldiers in November 2011, and was rapidly trying to train up new fighters who could keep the peace nationwide and deter rogue militias from acting without NTC orders, and was responsible for brokering a ceasefire on at least one occasion in November between warring militas from Zawiya and Al Maya.
On 1 December 2011, it was reported that the National Liberation Army was to integrate up to 50,000 former rebel fighters into the new Libyan national army and police forces, with the aid of French training, with long term aims to integrate as many as 200,000 fighters from the brigades that had fought against Gaddafi during the civil war.
Also in December, large numbers of former rebels were being given jobs in the new army, whilst the government also announced that they would be free to join the special forces and the navy too. According to Osama al-Juwali, the defence minister: "The idea is to inject new blood in the army which was marginalised by the tyrant (Gaddafi)"
General Yousef Mangoush said on 5 January 2012 that Libya's new army faces major obstacles such as rebuilding bases destroyed during the conflict, as well as disarming militas that were not part of the new army. National Army commander General Khalifa Hifter said later that it could take between three and five years for Libya to field a capable enough army to protect its borders.
On 7 May 2013, Libya’s Defense Minister Mohammed al-Barghathi resigned on Tuesday due to a crisis caused by gunmen who have besieged two ministries for more than a week, a ministry official said. He later withdrew his resignation after Prime Minister Zeidan convinced him to stay.
Under an agreement reached at the Lough Erne G8 summit in June 2013, NATO countries the United Kingdom, Italy, Turkey and the United States are to help train up to 15,000 personnel from Libyan National Army units over a two-year period. They will take units from newly formed brigades for 10-week stints of intensive infantry training. The 27th Brigade is due to start at Bassingbourn in eastern England in January 2014.
Al-Saiqa is an elite army unit, formed from a mixture of paratroopers and commandos. The group emerged from a militia with the same name in 2010. It now numbers a few thousand and reports to the Ministry of Defence. It is popular in Benghazi, particularly in light of its opposition to Islamist Ansar al-Sharia group and because it is seen as a symbol of the reborn Libyan armed forces.
Whilst it is known to a degree what equipment the Libyan army uses, the exact numbers of the below equipment currently in use is not known.
A variety of pickup/utility vehicles, called technicals and gun trucks, often Toyota and other makes, armed with a variety of different weapons, including heavy machineguns, grad rockets and anti aircraft guns.
Armoured personnel carriers
- BMP-1[unreliable source?]
- BMP-3 10 delivered in 2013
- Nimr - 169 in service
- Puma 4x4 - 20 donated by Italy
- Humvee - 200 donated by the U.S. Army
- BM-21 Grad Multiple rocket launcher
- 155mm palmaria[unreliable source?]
- Type 63 multiple rocket launcher 
- Carl Gustav recoilless rifle
- M40 recoilless rifle
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