The Libyan Air Force appears to have carried out its first airstrikes in the west of the country, increasing pressure on the groups that control Tripoli.

The remnants of the Ghadaffi-era air force are loyal to former general Khalifah Haftar, who is leading an alliance of military units and militias against the rival Libya Dawn coalition, which includes Islamist groups. The two sides operate on behalf of competing administrations based, respectively, in the east at Tobruk and in Tripoli.

The air force has been operating several MiG-21 and MiG-23 fighters out of bases in the east and using them to support Haftar’s Operation ‘Dignity’ against militias in Benghazi since May. […]