Turkey Dives Into Libyan Conflict

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Turkey Dives Into Libyan Conflict

The Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) and Syrian militants supported by the Turkish military have achieved more gains in their battle against the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.

GNA forces have captured the areas of Asabiah and Mazdah from the LNA and besieged the town of Tarhuna. On May 23, pro-Turkish sources even claimed that alleged Russian private military contractors operating on the side of the LNA were withdrawn from Tarhuna to Bani Walid and then were evacuated from the country. arlier, the GNA claimed that a Russian military contractor was killed in the area of Salah ad-Din. On top of this, the LNA lost two Chinese-made Wing Loong II combat drones supplied by the UAE which crashed near Bani Walid and Qaryat. The total number of LNA fighters killed or injured in recent clashes in Libya’s northwest, according to pro-GNA sources, is over 100.

However, clashes that erupted north of Tarhuna early on May 24 demonstrated that LNA forces are not going to surrender the town without a battle. Meanwhile, the number of Turkish-backed Syrian militants killed in Libya reportedly reached 311. Additionally, the LNA claimed that its forces had shot down 13 Turkish unmanned combat aerial vehicles during the last 3 days. According to the LNA spokesperson, Maj. Gen. Ahmed al-Mesmari, the army is now relocating its troops and preparing for a push to once again take an upper hand in the battle against Turkish-backed forces.

The LNA also shared a video documenting Turkish actions to supply military equipment and deploy members of Syrian militant groups in Tripoli. The scale of the Turkish military involvement in the conflict grows on a daily basis. Just recently, Ankara reportedly deployed a MIM-23 Hawk medium-range air defense system and military specialists in the city of Misrata.

Turkish military actions are a cornerstone of the recent GNA successes on the ground. At the same time, the very same approach is instigating instability in the region. Egypt and the UAE, which support the LNA, see the Turkish expansion and the strengthening of the GNA as a direct threat to its vital interests. Cairo is also concerned that, if radical militant groups operating under the brand of the GNA reach the Egyptian-Libyan border, they will become a constant source of the terrorist threat in Egypt itself.

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  • MADE MAKER

    If it`s Backed by TURKEY then it`s NO GOOD , 311 Turkish Backed SYRIAN TERRORIST KILLED in LIBYA

    • SteLe

      There are AT LEAST 30 X more of them. They are cannon fodder. Still they are a huge and often decisive factor because of their mass. No matter the bad training or their low morale.

    • Mustafa Mehmet

      propaganda

    • Icarus Tanović

      3011

  • Daniel Martin

    As Turkey has to cash up some pretty serious money until august, to various creditors for loans it took, and the Turkish economy is just short of free falling, I wonder what the Turkish taxpayers think of Erdogan’s military adventurism in both Syria and Libya, since the cost for them to some estimates are around U.S $ 1 billion a month?

    • Kohlhaas

      Here there is a Turkish taxpayer :)) Do you want to know what I think?

      • Mustafa Mehmet

        go on tell us haas

        • Kohlhaas

          I don’t support the Syrian policy of Erdoğan. Because that civil war affected Turkey most ( after Syria of course) in economic and sociological ways. It is a huge burden for the economy and wrong policies brought Turkey to this point.
          However, it is different in Libya. Because of the maritime agreement Turkey should support GNA. In this case, they are the legitimate and UN-recognized government of Libya and they officially asked military assistance. Greece wanted to get the all share in the Med. resources by claiming that a small island can counter all the southwest coastline of Turkey. So, I am positive about this policy.
          But there is something important than all other things. Government wasting gigantic sums. Leaking money to pro-Akp companies, offshore accounts etc.

    • El Mashi

      The Gulf tyrannies are paying for this war using proxies.

      • abuqahwa

        Correct, same in Syria

    • Mustafa Mehmet

      NO POROPLEM daniel

    • abuqahwa

      It doesn’t cost Turkey a lira, Qatar bankrolls pretty much all the Ottoman expenses, the rest are paid by simply looting the Libyan Treasury/Central Bank of Libya reserves by their Quisling Sarraj Effendi in Tripoli. Even the Syrian mercenaries are paid by Libya, in Libyan dinars

    • Ömer Sadık Aytaç

      You think 1billion a month is a lot?? It’s crumbs for a country with trillion dollar gdp and access to trillion dollar funds :D. Rus spends 10x as much trying to keep assad and Haftar on life support. US is aware of all that’s happening and encouraging it or else there wouldn’t be turks or ruskis in either..

  • Ömer Sadık Aytaç

    Turkey is only putting one foot in water in Libya. 1000 non-active soldiers is nothing. There are bigger Turkish bases in Somalia and Qatar. Even in North and Eastern Syria, it is using max 5% of its power..