By Libya Herald reporter.
Tunis, 14 September 2017:
Three of Libya National Army’s battalions in the south of the country have been merged in a move to make them more efficient and effective.
The infantry battalions 12, 116 and 181 are now part of the newly-formed Rada (“deterrence”) force for the south, under the command of Brigadier Mohammed Ben Nayel. It is headquartered at the military base at Brak Al-Shatti. A number of smaller units in the south are also reportedly being merged into the new force.
Nayel resigned his command of the 12th Battalion at the end of May accepting responsibility for the Brak Al-Shatti massacre in which 184 people, most of them LNA soldiers, were killed. However, the chief-of-staff refused to accept it.