Social Council of Warfalla Tribes in the Eastern Region issued a statement today, Tuesday, on the current developments in Libya, praIsing Egypt for its stance in protecting Libya from neo-Ottoman colonial ambitions.
(Libya, 23 Jue 2020) – The Social Council of Warfalla Tribes in the Eastern Region issued a statement today on the current situation in Libya. Al Marsad reproduces here in full the English translation of the statement:
Social Council of WarfallaTribes in the Eastern Region
In the Name of Allah, the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy
“Help one another to do what is right and good; do not help one another towards sin and hostility.” Allah is Truthful
The Social Council of Warfalla Tribes in the Eastern Region has been closely following the developments in Libya and the machinations and schemes that target it by the neo-Ottoman colonialism brought in by some of our fellow citizens to maintain their positions. This colonizer has been dividing our country, plundering our wealth, and spreading terror and intimidation throughout our homeland. However, they have forgotten that our Libyan National Army, represented by the General Command, commissioned and non-commissioned officers, soldiers and support forces from our great people who have sacrificed their lives, and the entire Libyan people backing them, will never allow them to attain their goals.
Then comes the role of the sisterly and neighbor Arab Republic of Egypt to put an end to the Turks’ recklessness and defend its strategic depth and security as well as Libya’s and Arab national security. Egypt has stated that Sirte and al-Jufra are a red line. This has confirmed the depth of the relationship between Egypt and Libya, and recalled siding with Egypt in the 1973 war.
In light of the above, the Social Council of Warfalla Tribes in the Eastern Region expresses its support for the Egyptian initiative to resolve Libya’s crisis politically. It highly appreciates and supports the statements of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, which embodied the extent of the relationship between the Egyptian and Libyan peoples, and the unity of blood, destiny, fraternity, and family relations that connect them. They also highlight the historical affinity of the two countries.
Long live the united Libya and long live Egypt as a supporter of the Arab nation.
Social Council of Warfalla Tribes in the Eastern Region
Issued in Benghazi on 23/06/2020
The Libya Times has obtained credible information from well-informed sources detailing how the regime of Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is planning to establish a full control over Libya.
1 – CAPTURE OIL TERMINALS in Eastern and Southern Libya coupled with DRILLING FOR GAS in Libya’s maritime economic zone.
Emboldened by its rapid territorial gains in Western Libya, the Turkish military yesterday launched a wide-scale ground attack aimed at capturing Eastern Libya’s Oil Crescent region, under the cover of F-16s and Turkish frigates. The Turkish military managed to push eastwards up to the Power Plant of Sirte before retreating to Buwairat Al-Hassoun. Our sources said that the Turkish military remains adamant to capture the Oil Crescent, adding that Erdogan had repeatedly vowed publicly to help the Muslim Brotherhood government in Tripoli to regain control over the oil to enable it to pay for the Turkish military support and to compensate Turkish companies for losses from the cancellation of Gaddafi-era contracts.
One source warned that Erdogan’s military campaign against Eastern Libya is likely to spark what the source had described as “the mother of all civil wars which could easily spill over beyond Libya”.
2 – CONTROL LIBYA’S SOUTHERN BORDERS to blackmail concession from the EU by using the card of illegal migration. A tactic that had been repeatedly used by the Erdogan regime the latest of which in March 2020 when he threatened to allow migrants to mass at Greece’s border.
3 – Capture Saif al-Islam Gaddafi to ELIMINATE ANY POTENTIAL COMPETITION TO ITS PUPPET GOVERNMENT. Reports in international press said earlier this month that the International Criminal Court had requested Turkey’s support to capture Gaddafi’s fugitive son, Saif, to be prosecuted in the Hague for alleged war crimes.
4 – With Saif al-Islam out of the picture, our sources had confirmed that Turkey had already reached out to GNA’s international backers requesting their help with the drafting of a new ELECTION LAW AND SETTING UP AN ELECTION COMMISSION tailor-made to ensure the election of what one source has allegedly branded as “MIT’s chief agent, Fathi Bashagha, or another Misratan” as president so that Libya “could be turned into a permanent colony completely under Erdogan’s influence”.
One source has pointed out that the MIT [Turkey’s external intelligence agency] had launched a wide-scale disinformation operation designed to paint a public image for Baghagha as the “saviour of Libya from militias, corruption and military rule”. The source added: “Hifter created an image for himself as the saviour from terrorism, and the MIT wants to sell Bashagha to the Libyan voters as the modern statesman who would lead Libya toward the state institutions, democracy and the rule of law. If you pay close attention to Bashaga’s statement and media appearances over the last two years you can see that they have been visibly and very carefully choreographed and designed to hammer home this message. ”
5 – CREATE AND PROMOTE A FAKE TURKISH IDENTITY for certain segments of the Libyan population in parts of western Libya based on a fake narrative of history linked to the Ottoman era. One source has said that Turkish state aid and cultural agencies acting as fronts for the MIT had been working towards achieving this goal through investments, promotion of Ottoman-era heritage and Turkish language. Erdogan has repeatedly claimed publicly that there are over one million “Libyan-Turks” whom he claimed cannot be left alone without support.
6 – Declare that the newly-created “Libyan-Turkish” minority requires protection from an alleged hostile majority as PRETEXT JUSTIFYING PERMANENT MILITARY PRESENCE in a tactic similar to that applied in the conflict over Cyprus. One source has explained that the real purpose of this move was providing security protection for the Turkish companies “to facilitate their return to the Libyan market in which they had the lion’s share under the Gaddafi regime”.
7 – Bring back the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) and other al-Qaeda linked groups to Darna and elsewhere in Eastern Libya in order to DESTABILIZE EGYPT AND ESTABLISH TRAINING CAMPS FOR HAMAS and other MIT-linked jihadi pawns to bolster Erdogan’s populist Islamist propaganda.
The video below shows one of the Turkish-backed Misratan fighters telling a Qatari TV reporter yesterday that the real purpose of the Turkish military campaign in Libya was to “to reach Gaza”, adding that the “battle is bigger than Libya and against Islam in Yemen and Syria” in which he said that Khalifa Hifter and the Egyptian president were nothing but minor bumps on the road towards Gaza. The second video below documents how Hamas’s signature tunnels had been used during the recent conflict in Tripoli.
In April 2018, we published evidence linking between Hamas and offshoots of Libya’s LIFG, including the defunct Ansar al-Sharia. In 2020, remnants of the LIFG eastern offshoots such as the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council (BRSC) and the Benghazi Defences Brigades had declared publicly that they were fighting alongside the Turkish military in Tripoli and elsewhere in western Libya.
6 – Marginalize and humiliate the anti-Turkey Libyan Arab population whom one source has warned that they might be subjected to a fate similar to that of the Sunnis in post-Saddam Iraq.
Turkey’s military conducted an eight-hour long air drill to the Libyan coast on Thursday to show that it could rapidly and easily deploy several F-16s and early warning aircraft to the country if needed, a Turkish official told Middle East Eye.
In a separate formal announcement, Turkey’s military reported that its air force and navy jointly conducted “Open Sea Training” in the Eastern Mediterranean, with 17 aircraft involved having taken off from the city of Eskisehir. Eight frigates and corvettes also joined the drill.
“The activity was conducted in international waters, in a route totalling a 2,000km round trip,” a second Turkish official told MEE. The drill, which was commanded by the military headquarters back in Turkey, also included airtankers and C-130 military cargo planes.
Meanwhile, Turkish media reported that Ankara will establish two military bases in Libya as part of its security cooperation with the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA).
The Yeni Safak daily report, referencing regional sources, said the strategic al-Watiya airbase in western Libya will become a drone hub, where armed UAVs and surveillance aircraft will be deployed. The drones will be protected by Turkish air defence systems, it said.
Al-Watiya was recaptured by the GNA last month with the help of Turkish military assistance, one of a series of victories against Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) that has seen the eastern commander’s offensive in western Libya crumble.
Despite a UN weapons embargo, Turkey signed a military cooperation deal with the GNA and sent drones, armoured vehicles, Syrian mercenaries and military officers to support the government, which was struggling to fight off Haftar’s UAE, Egypt and Russia-backed forces.
Yeni Safa said a second naval base would be established in Misrata, which is crucial for the military supply chain from Turkey.
“Considering the increase of Greek provocations in Eastern Mediterranean, and the strategic importance of naval forces, it is an imperative to maintain the Turkish navy’s presence in the area,” the report said.
Several reports in the Turkish media earlier this week indicated that Ankara plans to contribute to efforts to rebuild Libya once a permanent ceasefire is put in place. The Turkish government also intends to begin oil and gas drilling activities in the country and off its coast in the next few months.
Yeni Safak said that oil company Turkish Petroleum is expected to run the oil facilities in Misrata once the area is totally cleared of LNA forces.
Burhanettin Duran, an expert on international relations who is close to the Turkish government, said in a column on Friday that Turkey should have a four-point plan in Libya to ensure Ankara’s interests are protected.
“Bilateral relations between Ankara and Tripoli must be deepened in the areas of security, energy and investment. This should be extended to the drilling activities on land and sea,” he wrote.
“Secondly, the GNA’s control of Sirte and Jufra should be ensured by seizing the oil crescents with the help of Turkish military advise and armed drones.”
Duran added that Turkey has to have a place in the reconstruction efforts and draft a political solution proposal that would satisfy all parties involved, including the GNA’s rival Benghazi-based government allied with Haftar.
La Libia continua a precipitare in un vortice di morte e violenza dopo che il Governo di Accordo Nazionale (GNA), con base a Tripoli e sostenuto dalla Turchia di Recep Tayyip Erdogan, ha rifiutato qualsiasi accordo di cessate il fuoco nonostante numerosi appelli della Comunità internazionale per una tregua. Dopo il ritiro del Libyan National Army (LNA) dalla Libia occidentale per proteggere i civili dal fuoco indiscriminato delle milizie di Fayez al-Serraj e Fathi Pashagha, sabato il generale Khalifa Haftar ha inviato consistenti rinforzi dalle città di Bengasi e Marj, a Sirte, comprese le Forze Speciali, anche conosciute come la Brigata Al-Saiqa, guidata dal comandante Wanis Bukhamada.
Secondo militari di Sirte, più di 30 membri delle milizie del GNA sono stati uccisi nella periferia della città che ha dato i natali al colonnello Muammar Gheddafi. L’LNA guidato dal feldmaresciallo Haftar ha respinto le milizie di Tripoli e Misurata, costringendole a ritirarsi oltre l’area di Al-Washka sabato. L’LNA ha anche affermato di aver abbattuto due droni turchi, bruciando più di una dozzina di veicoli appartenenti alle milizie Al-Wefaq a causa dei bombardamenti aerei e alla prontezza dell’esercito libico sugli assi di Sirte.
Per trovare una soluzione pacifica alla crisi, dopo la ripresa dei colloqui del gruppo di contatto sponsorizzato dalle Nazioni Unite a Ginevra (5 + 5), il generale Haftar e il presidente del parlamento libico, Aquila Salah, sono arrivati al Cairo per colloqui di alto livello con il presidente egiziano Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. Durante una conferenza stampa congiunta, i tre hanno annunciato un nuovo piano per la Libia, che mira a consentire legittime elezioni presidenziali e parlamentari. Haftar ha accettato la nuova iniziativa politica che include un cessate il fuoco da lunedì e un piano di pace a lungo termine. La Comunità internazionale ha accolto con favore la “Dichiarazione del Cairo”, in particolare gli Emirati Arabi Uniti, Francia, Germania e l’Ambasciata degli Stati Uniti in Libia; mentre l’Italia e la Turchia sono rimaste in silenzio, così come la Missione di Sostegno delle Nazioni Unite in Libia (UNSMIL).
Parlando a fianco di Haftar e Aquila Saleh, Sisi ha proposto un piano che prevede colloqui a Ginevra, l’elezione di un consiglio direttivo, lo scioglimento delle milizie e l’uscita di tutti i combattenti stranieri dalla Libia. Il GNA di Serraj e l’Alto Consiglio di Stato, guidato dall’esponente della Fratellanza Musulmana, Khaled al-Meshri, hanno respinto le proposte dell’Egitto. Mentre la maggior parte dei libici hanno criticato sui social network la posizione di UNSMIL, accusando in particolare la Rappresentante Speciale del Segretario Generale (SRSG), Stephanie Williams, di non essere neutrale, patteggiando per il GNA, in particolare per il ministro dell’Interno Fathi Pashagha. I libici hanno chiesto di nominare con urgenza un nuovo inviato dopo le dimissioni di Ghassan Salamé a marzo. Va detto che Francia e Italia, i principali attori europei coinvolti nel fascicolo libico, hanno precedentemente concordato di trovare un nuovo inviato delle Nazioni Unite nel Paese nordafricano.
La Missione ha perso qualsiasi credibilità ignorando i recenti crimini delle bande armate di al-Wefaq, nelle aree precedentemente controllate dall’esercito libico. Dieci civili sono stati uccisi in Qasr Bin Gashir, il 4 giugno, due famiglie sono state massacrate nei pressi della città di Sirte il giorno dopo. Le milizie di Tripoli e Misurata hanno bruciato e saccheggiato il centro commerciale della città di Tarhouna, devastato il cimitero come atto di vendetta contro i civili che sostengono l’LNA, oltre ad aver incendiato diverse case ed il parco naturale.
Nemmeno agli animali sono stati risparmiati dalla violenza delle milizie criminali e terroristiche di Serraj e Pashagha. Il leone del fratello al-Kani è stato ucciso, così come gazzelle e cervi del parco. Secondo quanto riferito dai civili, un uomo è stato ucciso da gruppi di al-Wefaq, a Bani Walid, con l’accusa di preparare i pasti per le truppe di Haftar, un altro giovane è stato trucidato per la sospetta affiliazione col Governo ad interim nell’est del Paese.
È chiaro a tutti che il conflitto libico è stato prolungato dall’interferenza turca. Il presidente Recep Tayyip Erdogan ha dispiegato migliaia di mercenari siriani in Libia dalla fine del 2019 fino ad oggi. Il popolo libico ha respinto il ruolo di Erdogan nel sostenere i Fratelli Musulmani, i suoi piani espansionistici nella regione e i suoi sogni per il ritorno dell’Impero ottomano. Il leader tunisino del partito politico Ennadha e capo del parlamento, Rashid Ghannouchi, insieme ai leader dell’ala libica della Fratellanza, Ali al-Salabi e Muhammad Sowan, hanno chiesto ad Erdogan di intervenire in Libia con il pretesto di “proteggere il governo legittimo e difendere lo stato civile contro i militari regolari”, ma la verità è che il loro progetto è vicino al collasso. Liberare Tripoli dalle milizie significa fermare i finanziamenti del gruppo ecco perché si oppongono così ferocemente all’istituzione dell’establishment militare.
Preoccupata per la sicurezza dei suoi Stati membri, anche l’Europa ha ripetutamente condannato la collaborazione turca e del GNA, a seguito di numerosi report che indicano elementi radicali siriani in Libia come difensori del Governo di Al-Sarraj. Erdogan mira a intimidire l’Europa e in particolare l’Italia mentre quegli estremisti si infiltrano tra i migranti in partenza dalla Libia occidentale verso le coste europee. Secondo quanto riferito, almeno 41 siriani sono arrivati in Italia via mare, confermando che la prossima destinazione dei mercenari di Erdogan è l’Europa.
Erdogan ha avuto un ruolo distruttivo in Siria e sta ripetendo i suoi errori in Libia. L’intervento della Turchia aveva infranto il diritto internazionale e riacceso il conflitto. Il presidente turco Erdogan dovrebbe essere indagato e accusato di crimini di guerra nel corso dell’offensiva militare del suo paese in Siria, l’ex procuratore e investigatore delle Nazioni Unite, Carla Del Ponte, ha più volte detto, indicando che Erdogan invade il territorio siriano per distruggere i curdi.
Da ottobre 2019, i russi e le forze turche hanno iniziato a pattugliare la striscia di terra di 10km, nel nord-est della Siria, dove le truppe americane erano state dispiegate per anni accanto ai loro ex alleati curdi. Gli alleati NATO della Turchia, compresi gli Stati Uniti, hanno criticato la sua incursione militare nel nord-est della Siria, temendo che questa avrebbe minato la lotta contro i militanti dello Stato Islamico. Tuttavia le nazioni europee sono state riluttanti a confrontarsi con la Turchia per le sue azioni, dopo che Erdogan ha minacciato di “aprire le porte” ai rifugiati affinché in migliaia potessero dirigersi verso l’Europa. In Libia come in Siria, Erdogan usa i migranti come strumento di contrattazione.
Le folli missioni all’estero, il continuo sostegno militare e finanziario ai Fratelli Musulmani, il finanziamento dei gruppi terroristici e la campagna espansionistica coloniale hanno ridotto in povertà milioni di turchi. Nonostante la forte repressione contro la stampa per nascondere la cattiva gestione dell’emergenza COVID-19, la lira turca ha raggiunto i minimi storici nel tasso di cambio con il dollaro, portando alla fuga degli investitori stranieri.
Questo spiega perché il partito di Erdogan vede una crescente opposizione. Durante il mese sacro del Ramadan, al posto dell’adhan, la chiamata alla preghiera dell’Islam, diverse moschee di Smirne hanno sorprendentemente diffuso le note della canzone italiana “Bella Ciao”. Le parole “O partigiano, portami via”, sebbene nella versione “Cav Bella”, adattata in turco, suonavano come una gigantesca critica al regime di Erdogan, se non una vera beffa. Tanto che ha provocato la reazione del portavoce del partito islamista, un ex ministro turco. La gente in seguito ha capito che la canzone “Bella Ciao” in turco, diffusa dalle mosche di Smirne, era quella cantata da Grup Yorum, la band folk che ha visto la morte di tre dei suoi membri per via di uno sciopero della fame, dopo che Erdogan ha vietato loro di esibirsi in concerto usando la falsa accusa di collegamenti con il terrorismo.
La cantante Helin Bolek, il bassista Ibrahim Gokcek e il chitarrista Mustafa Kocak si sono lasciati morire dopo 300 giorni di digiuno volontario. La band Grup Yorum è nata nel famoso quartiere di Istanbul che più si oppone al partito di Erdogan. Alla fine dei loro concerti, il gruppo era solito concludere l’esibizione in un grande abbraccio con il pubblico, cantando insieme “Bella Ciao” in turco. Una canzone cara anche ai guerriglieri curdi sia a Kobane, in Siria, sia nel PKK, il Partito dei Lavoratori del Kurdistan.
ANKARA – Turkish political analyst, close to the Turkish government, Yusuf Katipoglu, revealed the existence of a Turkish plan with the complicity of Fayez al-Sarraj government (GNA), that paves the way for further concessions to establish Turkish military bases in Libya under the pretext of protecting oil fields.
Katipoglu, in an interview on the ninth Turkish TV channel broadcasting in Arabic, spoke about the size of the Turkish aggression in Libya represented by intelligence participation, drones, the presence of frigates, battleships and Turkish naval ships located off the Libyan coast.
“Do not be surprised if I tell you that perhaps in the coming days we will hear about building Turkish military bases in eastern Libya and in the north of Libya to protect oil installations after the end of the battles that revolve around them,” he said.
Katipoglu pointed out that the aim of the Turkish aggression was not only western Libya, but Libya as a whole, including the Libyan East and Benghazi.
After the massacres of Qasr bin Ghashir and displaced families south of Sirte, the Turkish drones committed on Monday, a new massacre in the 30th region west of Sirte, killing 5 members of al-Fitouri family, including women and children, and one elderly woman and man, totaling now 7.
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(Libya, 9 June 2020) – Eyewitnesses in Sirte confirmed the death of Salih, Ahmed, and Salsabeel Salem Al-Fitouri, all children, and their mother Najat Saleh, and father, Saleh Al-Fitouri.
The Turkish intense bombing also claimed the lives of Ali Faraj Ashtaiwi and Ali Faraj Ashtaiwi.
It had been just a week after Turkish drones massacred 12 civilians, including women and children, in al-Manara neighborhood in Qasr bin Ghashir, and turned them into pieces.
A Turkish drone also committed another massacre on Friday, 5 June, south of Sirte. It bombed Mesbah Faraj al-Suwaidi al-Qaddafi, the owner of the Bohadi restaurant, and a family, including women and children, who may be among the displaced from Tarhouna but they could not be identified.
The source confirmed that Mesbah al-Qaddafi was at the site of the bombing to receive the displaced families from the city of Tarhouna to Abu Hadi area, south of Sirte.
These direct strikes on unarmed confirm that Turkish drones systematically target civilians to terrorize them before the advance of militants of the Government of National Accord (GNA) inside the targeted areas, observers say.
In recent months, Ankara has put its full weight behind the financial and military support of the Fayez al-Sarraj government. In light of the unanimity that the Turkish goal is to protect the project of political Islam in Libya and throughout North Africa, its second dream transcends Libya and goes further in considering expansion throughout the Sahel and Sahara countries by seeking to secure the southern gate. There is a trend towards Chad based on the extremist groups supported by Ankara and Doha.
CAIRO – Whoever thinks that Turkey’s ambitions will stop at Libya or North Africa is mistaken. It is more than wrong to imagine that the ties that brought together Ankara and terrorist organizations are limited to penetration in Arab countries.
The Turkish system paved the way for its Islamic project years ago in Africa, and began to prepare the soil with soft and rough tools. The first was the weapon of aid. The latter was to embrace militants and provide them with logistical support that enabled them to penetrate local fronts across the continent.
Supporting terrorism to establish influence in Africa
Perhaps many did not pay attention to the depth and details of the infrastructure links between Turkey and the extremists in countries such as Chad, Niger, Mali, Nigeria, Cameroon, and others, because the Qatari interface diverted their gaze. Monitoring focused on the relations that link Doha and extremist movements operating in these countries, and Qatar was caught red-handed providing support and numerous charges were brought against it, until evidence revealed the joint role of Turkey and Qatar in Libya and the attendant expectations regarding the willingness Ankara to extend its influence beyond the Libyan borders.
The environment near Libya seems ripe for closer cooperation and coordination between Ankara and the broad spectrum of active terrorist organizations, which have increased their movements during the past weeks in conjunction with the increasing Turkish presence in Libya, and gained new areas of land and influence as major powers were engaged in fighting Corona, mitigating campaigns against extremists. All which aided the Turkish agenda as Ankara launched expanded campaigns on new fronts, granting the takfiris a greater opportunity for freedom of movement beyond Libya’s borders. The Boko Haram group, which was originally born in Nigeria, began to be seen extensively in the area known as the countries of the Chad Basin, as if it received a signal of this further expansion becoming a tangible reality, and moved to achieve victories in conjunction with Turkish gains in Libya.
The Chadian army was able to pursue many terrorist elements supported by Ankara and Doha
It succeeded in dragging the Chadian army into direct engagement, relieving pressure on the southern Libyan front, which turned into an open theatre of differentiated Chadian forces, and a source of supply for mercenaries to fight the wars in which the Tripoli government was involved.
Chad has become a central target of the Boko Haram and fierce battles have occurred between the Chadian forces and elements belonging to this group, in which dozens of victims have fallen on both sides. The main objective was to place the Chadian Front over a volcano of successive tensions and revive the role played by extremist movements who suffered losses at the hands of the Libyan National Army forces two years ago in cooperation with the tribes there.
Chad has a bitter history with the extremists, and Qatar, Turkey’s stepdaughter, is the equation that controls them. They cut ties with Doha in August 2017, closed its embassy in N’djamena, and called on Qatar to desist from all actions that undermine the security of Chad, as well as the security of the countries of the Lake Chad Basin and the coast, accusing Doha of trying to destabilize Chad through Libya.
Hard-line organizations maintain a degree of inter-party differences but they overcome them when they face a single opponent, and this is the strategy Turkey has employed with some success in Syria, which ultimately enabled them to maintain an ideological umbrella for all the various Takfiri factions. They are repeating this game in the Sahel and Sahara countries. Even with the battles that have taken place between al-Qaeda and ISIS in Mali or elsewhere, it is easy for Turkey to contain them because tactical interest demands it.
The observer discovered that this project was being prepared at an accelerated pace years ago, when Qatar and later Turkey extended the lines of cooperation with the opposition factions in Chad, Sudan, Mali and Nigeria, sometimes under the pretext of sponsoring negotiations aimed at achieving peace, and another times through various channels to deliver support to terrorists. Local governments have become fragile, unable to confront the plot, and some have weakened to the point of bowing to external pressures, and accepting the opening of lands for the so-called soft powers that are merely a cloak for Turkish intelligence services to operate behind.
Ankara has a network of terrorists in the Sahel and Sahara region. Now Turkey is sending thousands of Syrian terrorists to add to the generous African stockpile, linking its members through a complex network of interests in which the local dimensions coincide with the regional.
ANKARA – A German report revealed the existence of a new Turkish plan for the war in Libya managed by the head of the Turkish intelligence, Hakan Fidan, to turn the country and the region into a chaos like Syria.
The report, published by ANF News, under the title “A new Libyan plan bearing the signature of Hakan Fidan”, said that this plan is supervised by Fidan using the method of “creating pretexts” that he had previously pursued in Syria.
It also referred to several incidents that occurred in Tripoli that were followed by a secret visit by the head of Turkish intelligence to western Libya in early May.
The German report stated that among those incidents was the bombing of the Turkish and Italian embassies in Tripoli a week after the visit.
Media platforms and satellite channels affiliated with the terrorist group the Muslim Brotherhood have pushed for the claim that it was the Libyan National Army (LNA) that did so, which LNA’s spokesman, Major General Ahmed Al-Mismari, refuted in detail.
Based on these incidents, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said that it would consider LNA forces as legitimate targets, if its missions and interests in Libya were threatened.
Erdogan also announced days ago that he was waiting for good news from Libya, in a sign that the visit of his intelligence chief had awakened hopes that he would take back advantage.
The German report indicated that the incident of targeting the two embassies comes within the framework of creating an excuse for more public aggression against Libya. The history of Hakan Fidan is full of such excuses that he used in Syria.
According to the report, this incident brings back to mind the audio recording leaked of Hakan Fidan in which he said, “With regard to the creation of excuses, I can send 4 people to the other side of the border [with Syria] to launch 8 missiles on free areas of Turkish territory to create the excuses… Do not worry, the excuses exist”.
The German report indicated that this leaked recording was at a secret meeting, held in 2014 to discuss the situation in Syria, which included former Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and his advisor Feridun Sinirlioglu, the second deputy commander in chief of the Turkish army, General Yasar Collier and the then Turkish intelligence advisor Fidan.
The German report listed facts of the “excuses” made by Fidan in several Syrian cities to drive the international public opinion into accepting the Turkish intervention by committing massacres against its residents.
It pointed out that on August 24, 2016, the Turkish army began a military operation with the aim of occupying Jarablus, Azaz and Al-Bab. Four days before the operation, ISIS terrorists carried out an attack on a wedding of a Kurdish family in the city of Antab to create an excuse to interfere in those Syrian cities.
On the motive behind Turkey changing its plan, the German report indicated that the conditions in Tripoli do not go as well as Turkey had hoped. The Brotherhood and terrorist organizations supported by the Turkish government there under the leadership of Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj are not doing the required of them. The fact that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent Fidan for a mysterious visit to Tripoli earlier this month indicates that he is molding a new plan aimed at creating “excuses” that pave the way for more direct intervention along the lines of the Syrian model.
The Libyan people are paying dearly for the dysfunctional balances of international legitimacy, and the blood of their children is sacrificed to satisfy the whims of major powers and to achieve the ambitions of regional and international mafias that regard Libya only as a lake of oil, gas, frozen funds in foreign banks and vast land that can be turned into laboratories of creative chaos in the region.
The world is still deluding itself that there is legitimacy in Tripoli for the government of reconciliation that no one elected, without popular support or the recommendation of parliament, that also failed to implement its goals that it was established for, documented in the Skhirat agreement, serving only as a Brotherhood cell that executes orders from Qatar and Turkey, and maintains power with hired armed militia.
What happened in Skhirat in 2015 was a conspiracy in which regional and international actors tampered with the elected Parliament. While agendas and interests played a major role, intelligence services implemented their schemes to perpetuate crisis and enable the Brotherhood to overcome electoral defeat. The goal of the United Nations was to ease the pain without addressing the cause, and the result was that the government of reconciliation, lacking any legitimacy, has become a dictatorship. It is the caliphate operating under the dilapidated cloak of international legitimacy, while before the eyes of the world, Erdogan transports thousands of mercenaries from northern Syria, the majority of whom are terrorists, to fight against the Libyan people and army, and from the Mediterranean Sea, Turkish battleships are launched with NATO flags and missiles to bomb Libyan cities and villages.
Turks, Qataris, the Brotherhood, their trumpets benefited from the turbulent and shaky international reality caused by policies of leaders obsessed with competing to lead the world, and they spread their lies about Russian influence, mercenaries from Sudan, and aircraft from Egypt in the ranks of the national army, to incite Western opposition against the General Command of the Armed Forces.
The advocates of terrorism, warlords, human traffickers, public money robbers, al-Qaeda remnants and ISIS presented themselves as the protectors of the civil state, and huge sums were leaked from under the dialogue tables to purchase the conscience of influential political, human rights, and media actors, and the diplomacy of the Qatari and Brotherhood deals. In turn, Erdogan reaped the benefits. A blatant interference that challenges everyone and confirms for the millionth time that international legitimacy is nothing but a lie that destroys the homeland. The Security Council has not uttered a word about Turkish aggression, and the United Nations mission equates a regular army with militias, between documented facts and rumours. NATO finds in the Turkish adventure, an opportunity to penetrate the southern Mediterranean and open the way into the Sahara. The European Union faces internal divisions due t o the legacy of old colonial rivalries, and Arab countries are unable to accept the painful truth that confirms that Libya is only an episode in a series of Erdogan ambitions to target them all, while the African Union is swayed by Qatari money and Turkish propaganda.
Who can face this reality? Some may be quick to say that it is the Libyan people. Indeed, it may take a long time for people to absorb the major issues concerning their destiny. Even though the majority are supportive of the army and believe in their cause, what happened from 2011 to today has negatively affected the social fabric and has led to fractures even within the same family. Voices that have emerged during the past two days to divide the army ranks are only the latest expression of the lack of awareness of the fatefulness of the moment and the magnitude of the challenge.
The army leadership has made many mistakes since the launch of the Flood of Dignity to liberate Tripoli in April 2019, the most prominent of which is wasting time and not taking advantage of opportunities to enter the capital, not paying attention to the perpetuation of the war serving the militias and not fulfilling many of the promises made haphazardly, neglecting positions that were under the control of the army, starting from Gharyan, passing through Sorman, Sabratha, Ajilat, Al-Ajil, Al-Jameel, Tiji and Badr, resulting in crimes committed against those who supported this project, revealing military plans and locations of the army to be exploited by the opposite side, as happened with the air defense platform at the base of al-Watiyah, the exclusion of leaders, poor media performance, with too much emphasis on international public opinion through exposing the government of reconciliation and Turkish invaders.
Today, Libya is facing a fateful moment and its living, patriotic forces, against Turkish interference, Brotherhood crimes, militia rule, employment and treachery of the reconciliation government, must meet towards one goal which is the liberation of the country, by supporting the army and organizing effective popular resistance to the enemy, transcending the topic of international legitimacy to one of popular legitimacy, assuring the world that the national army is not a person (Haftar), but rather is a national institution with a regular hierarchy and military craftsmanship whose roots go back to1939 through the royal and mass covenants, up to the process of dignity and beyond.
The international community that has been behind the crisis since 2011, has ignored terrorism, militia rule, and pillaged wealth, has closed its eyes to Turkish intervention and the transfer of thousands of mercenaries from northern Syria to western Libya, and from crimes against civilians. Now, they are either positioned on the side of the people, the sole source of authority and legitimacy, or with terrorist groups and mercenaries strengthened through broad international recognition and entrenched with Turkish mercenaries.
Ali è un giovane siriano di 25 anni che sta combattendo in Libia a fianco delle forze del Governo di Accordo Nazionale (GNA) di Fayez al-Serraj. È molto difficile parlare con lui, nelle aree di combattimento è senza internet e quando ha accesso alla rete ha paura. “I turchi controllano le comunicazioni, controllano tutto. Se ci scoprono, mi porterebbero via il telefono”. Ci confessa, lasciando intravedere un velo di malinconia quando parla della Siria.
Dopo settimane di tentativi, siamo riusciti ad avere un po’ della sua fiducia. “Ai turchi non importa di noi. Fanno delle cose orribili”, racconta parlando di stupri ed uccisioni. “Quando abbiamo capito che non ci lasceranno tornare a casa, alcuni di noi hanno smesso di combattere. Siamo diventati più un peso morto che un aiuto per Serraj e per la Turchia. Alcuni dei miei compagni che sono arrivati in Libia con me 3 mesi fa, se ne sono andati. Hanno detto di provare ad andare in Europa via mare. Ai turchi non interessa, a loro non interessa un bel niente di ciò che facciamo. Se ci siamo o se ce ne andiamo in Italia è lo stesso. È stata tutta una presa in giro fin dall’inizio”.
Non sembra un terrorista Ali, ha il viso pulito dei ragazzi della sua età. Infatti, nel suo arruolamento in Libia c’è poco di ideologico, ma solo un gran bisogno di soldi. È disgustato dalla violenza usata verso i civili ai posti di blocco che sono stati assegnati a lui e al suo gruppo, e dopo 3 mesi di servizio in Libia, gli ufficiali turchi rifiutano loro di poter tornare a casa. “Questo non è il mio Paese, non è la mia gente, ma da musulmano vedere certe cose non è accettabile, soprattutto ora, durante il Ramadan. Umiliano le persone, le insultano, mentre danno fastidio alle ragazze. Uno dei turchi, una volta, mentre entravamo in una casa ha trovato una donna e ha fatto sesso con lei con la forza”.
“Sono stato reclutato da un combattente del gruppo siriano Jaysh al-Watani. Ho fatto le procedure amministrative come volontario a dicembre 2019. Avendo esperienza nell’esercito è stato facile essere accettato”. Racconta, precisando che a lui dei soldi non interessa molto, ma ci tiene ad ottenere la nazionalità turca perché così dice che gli è stato promesso. “Non ci credo più, ma sono venuto qui per questo. Voglio la nazionalità turca così potrò avere una nuova vita, ma non credo che me la daranno. Altri dei miei compagni che sono stati uccisi, Dio abbia misericordia di loro, non l’hanno avuta”.
Ali afferma di aver firmato un contratto di sei mesi, di aver ricevuto tre mesi di salari, che ha dato alla sua famiglia prima di partire per la Libia. “Ho paura per la mia famiglia in Siria, quando mi hanno preso ho dovuto scrivere come si chiamano i miei genitori e i miei fratelli. Mia madre non voleva nemmeno che partissi, ecco perché non scappo. Ho paura che succeda qualcosa a loro”. Aggiunge, indicando di essere arrivato in Libia con un aereo, dopo aver passato 15 giorni in un campo militare in Turchia per seguire un addestramento. Non sa dove si trovava esattamente questo campo, ma ricorda che “c’erano soldati turchi e traduttori dalla Siria, tra cui alcuni del gruppo Sultan al-Murad”.
Riguardo al coronavirus, Ali dice qualcosa di inquietante: “Molti di noi stanno e sono stati male, anche alcuni di quelli che sono andati in Italia, o in Europa. Non sappiamo se è il virus o meno, perché nessuno ci fa il test. I turchi ci hanno detto che se stiamo male è meglio, perché chi sopravvive capisce di più il campo di battaglia”.