Nella Libia del dopo Sarraj spunta Saif al Islam, il figlio di Gheddafi

19 settembre 2020.

Conseguenza delle dimissioni due giorni fa di Fayez Sarraj da premier del governo di Tripoli appare quella del momentaneo ritorno in auge di Khalifa Haftar a Bengasi. Ma l’ex «uomo forte» della Cirenaica è troppo debole per capitalizzare politicamente. I russi non lo sostengono più e paiono invece appoggiare discretamente Saif al Islam, il figlio più politico di Muammar Ghaddafi. Putin resta fortemente attratto dai vecchi ghaddafiani duri e puri, mentre è offeso da quelli che considera i voltafaccia altezzosi di Haftar. Fonti tripoline raccontano di un aereo russo che negli ultimi giorni avrebbe condotto Saif da Zintan a Mosca per colloqui riservati. Sono sviluppi caotici e carichi di colpi di scena in questa Libia frammentata, che dalla caduta di Gheddafi nel 2011 è sempre più vittima delle faide interne alimentate dalle ingerenze politiche e militari straniere. Soltanto un paio di settimane fa sembrava che la ripresa del dialogo tra Sarraj e i leader della Cirenaica in vista della creazione di un governo unitario potesse essere garantita dalla marginalizzazione di Haftar. Ma adesso di due governi nemici sono entrambi dimissionari e lacerati dalle lotte interne per la successione. L’Onu e l’Europa provano a ritessere le fila del dialogo con i prossimi incontri di Ginevra assieme al progetto tedesco di una conferenza internazionale virtuale sulla Libia il 5 ottobre. Ma intanto Putin ed Erdogan si parlano direttamente e sono loro a dettare le regole del gioco.

 

Preso da: https://www.msn.com/it-it/news/mondo/nella-libia-del-dopo-sarraj-spunta-saif-al-islam-il-figlio-di-gheddafi/ar-BB19avKO

Prime Minister of Eastern Libya’s Government Resigns While Fayez al-Saraj Clings to Power

https://im-media.voltron.voanews.com/Drupal/01live-166/styles/google_amp_1280x720/s3/2020-09/000_8PV2D8.jpgLibyan youth block a road with burning tires in Libya’s eastern coastal city of Benghazi on September 12, 2020

Abdullah al-Thinni’s government in eastern Libya resigned, responding to the calls of protesters who took to the streets of Benghazi, al-Bayda, Tobruk, Shahat, al-Marj, and the marginalized areas of the south,  while the  government of Fayez al-Sarraj ignored the angry voices in the west of the country, appointing a number of warlords to sovereign positions, elaborating a policy of hiding behind the weapons of militias capable of suppressing anyone calling for the overthrow of the Tripoli authorities.

A tragic situation grips all of Libya. The people are suffering from a comprehensive collapse of basic services; there is no water, electricity, gas for cooking, fuel, financial liquidity in banks, no salaries that arrive on time, and  health institutions are collapsing in the face of the Corona virus. In addition, the western region is plagued by  unruly militias, mercenaries, in consecration of the Turkish occupation and the Brotherhood’s plots to achieve more penetration into state institutions.

In the south, it is not possible to talk about the existence of a state. The suffering endured for nine years has been absolute. The local population live as if they are in another country, outside of time and space, and despite the vast wealth that is below and above the ground, none of it belongs to the people of Fezzan, which seems just tracts of quicksand and thirsty oases in a remote corner of the Sahara Desert, where only smugglers cross borders to steal gold and antiquities.

In the east of the country, the situation is different, as the army was able to rededicate the concept of the state, and found great support from the people of Cyrenaica.

But the politicians in Tripoli serve  their own interests, enjoying  profits they receive from corruption. This increased social tension has contributed to obstructing political solutions, and even the process of liberating the country from militias and terrorist groups.

A member in the House of Representatives and the State Consultative Council receives a monthly salary of 16 thousand dinars, along with housing, transportation, funds for travel and residence abroad, and a pension salary of 80 percent of the original salary, that is, more than 12 thousand dinars, and they obtain a privilege of exchange in foreign currencies at the same rate diplomats receive, while a teacher’s salary does not exceed 500 dinars, or about $ 90 at the parallel exchange rate, and they usually wait for months to receive it.

The rampant corruption in the joints of the Libyan state, and in the governments of the West and the East, is a systematic corruption from which non-politicians and the majority of people do not benefit, and it is the real reason for the continuation of the conflict. The current politicians do not want the country to arrive at a solution to the crisis, nor elections that they fear will push them out of power, influence and loose money that wanders easily between pockets and bank accounts at home and abroad.

As in Iraq after 2003, after 2011, Libya turned into a mafia state, which prompted the former UN envoy, Ghassan Salame, to say that it was witnessing the largest looting operation, which creates a new millionaire every day, while the people face poverty, destitution, disease, lack of services and insecurity, especially in the western region.

In 2019, Libya ranked No. 168 out of 180 countries on the Transparency International list, with only 18 points out of 100, according to the international organization’s standard. In the last four years, under the reconciliation government, the numbers ranged between 14 and 18 points, despite the fact that the government claims to be legitimate and is supported by the United Nations.

During the past few years, at least 200 billion dollars were spent without having any impact on the land or the lives of the people.  Services provided by the previous government, especially in the field of water, electricity and infrastructure, were completely destroyed.  From areas filled with life, Libya became a den of ghosts, as a result of war and the complete darkness that has become the new normal in a country that is supposed to be one of the richest countries in the region.

When demonstrators in Tripoli went out to denounce this situation and demand their rights, Fayez al-Sarraj directed his armed militias to terrorize them in Martyrs Square and the neighbourhoods and suburbs of the capital, and the Brotherhood assigned mercenaries to penetrate the movement,  to strike them down from within.  But in the eastern region the matter differed as the army recommended protection of the protesters, and therefore, there was no clash between security forces and the demonstrators except in a limited context, when infiltrators were discovered trying to utilize the spontaneous popular movement to serve the agendas of political Islam, which still has some supporters despite the elimination of its militias and armed terrorist gangs.

The most important lesson given by the eastern Libyan movement is that there is no alternative to the presence of a national army to protect the people, using its influence in the public interest, as well as the existence of a legislative reference to which the executive authority returns.  However,  in the west of the country, there is no army; only  conflicting militias, and no legislative institution. Al-Sarraj’s government did not gain the confidence of Parliament and governs under conditions of martial law.

Abdullah al-Thani submitted his resignation to the House of Representatives after realizing that there was no way for him to continue in his position, while al-Sarraj was still holding power, tied to militias, mercenaries and the Turkish occupier.

The Libyan people will not remain silent about their stolen rights and wealth, and will not accept the continuation of  living under the weight of the corrupt who turned  back decades of progress, overthrew their dreams of prosperity and robbed them of  hope for a decent life. They will take back the life their ancestors knew before the Nakba.

Al Arab

Source: https://libya360.wordpress.com/2020/09/14/prime-minister-of-eastern-libyas-government-resigns-while-fayez-al-saraj-clings-to-power/

After Entry in Bab al-Aziziyah in 2011, Qatar’s Al-Marri Returns to Tripoli with Turkey and GNA

The controversial and sinister Qatari Special Forces officer Hamad al-Marri, who is wanted on charges of terrorism by the Artab Quartet, has resurfaced in the capital Tripoli when he entered Tripoli for the first time in 2011 to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi. However, today, he is a visitor through the offices of the Government of National Accord (GNA) and Turkey.

Qatari Special Forces officer Hamad al-Marri,

(Libya, 17 August 2020) – Although his name and identity were not announced to the media as being part of the delegation, Al-Marsad managed to identify Qatar’s Hamad al-Marri whose full name is Hamad Abdullah bin Fatees al-Marri from the photos of the delegation that accompanied the Qatari Defense Minister to Tripoli, Khalid al-Attiyah—despite wearing a military uniform and covering half of his face with a military cap.

Qatar’s Hamad al-Marri sitting near Qatari Defense Minister to Tripoli, Khalid al-Attiyah at the meeting at Al-Mahary Hotel in the present of the State Council’s Khaled Al-Mishri.

Al-Marri appeared in these pictures during a meeting of the Qatari and Turkish defense ministers with the Head of the High Council of the State, Khaled al-Mishri, at Al-Mahary Hotel, accompanied by the Undersecretary of the GNA’s Ministry of Defense, Salah al-Din al-Namroush.

WHO IS HAMAD AL-MARRI?

Hamad al-Marri was the Qatari officer responsible for the joint Qatari Special Forces, both arming and conducting special operations in Libya in 2011. He was also closely associated with the Emir of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), Abdel-Hakim Belhaj (also known as Abu Abdullah al-Sadiq), whom he brought to the Bab al-Aziziyah camp on 20 August 2011, as shown in this footage. Al-Marri was later promoted as a reward for his work in Libya with the Islamist insurgents.

At the time, the Qataris showcased Belhaj as the “liberating commander” of Tripoli which aroused the discontent of many revolutionaries, especially the Zintan fighters who knew that Belhaj did not deserve such credit and the completely false publicity given to him by Al Jazeera and various other Islamist networks. The Zintanis were suspicious of the media campaign around Belhaj and as the Libya revolution progressed they were proved right.

One of those who was suspicious of Qatar’s intentions and its role at the time was Osama al-Juwaili who, ironically enough, today was among those who received the Qatari and Turkish delegations that includes al-Marri at Mitiga airport in Tripoli. Some leaders from the Zintan and other cities, and even from the former Transitional Council, its executive office, and even the former regime, accused al-Marri and Belhaj of stealing the Libyan state security archive.

Qatar’s Hamad al-Marri with the Emir of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), Abdel-Hakim Belhaj and Mahdi Harati in August 2011.

Moreover, al-Marri on the day of the entry into Tripoli in 2011 was carrying his weapon when he reopened the Qatari embassy in Tripoli with other officers of the Qatari forces. Furthermore, he placed the Qatari flag on the monument of the US raid in 1986 located in the headquarters in Bab al-Aziziyah in such a insulting and provocative manner, the footage of which Libyans have never forgotten or forgiven.

 

Al-Marri is also accused in Tunisia of opening suspicious bank accounts to carry out sabotage operations and pay bribes. Since 2017, Tunisia has placed his name on the lists of those banned from entering its territory according to a Tunisian parliamentary investigation.

The Qatari opposition describes al-Marri as the “thug” of the Special Forces and the arm of the Emiri Diwan for secret operations, including funding in various such as Syria through his dealings and support for al-Nusra Front as admitted by Qatar.

Al-Marri also played a prominent role in supporting Operation Libya Dawn with money and weapons, as well as the collapsed Shura Councils in Benghazi and Derna. He is also on the terrorist lists issued by the Arab Quartet on charges of secret communication with the Houthi militia in Yemen, which led to the killing of Arab soldiers while Qatar was part of the Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen before its withdrawal therefrom and later siding with the Houthis and Iran.

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SPECIAL REPORT | Turkish Intelligence in Tripoli Orders Infiltration of Protest Movement

Two official security sources, in addition to a civilian source, confirmed that the Turkish Intelligence Division in Tripoli had directed the infiltration of the spontaneous popular protest movement through loyal elements to call for demands in line with their interests. It also advised them to exploit the existing leadership vacuum to form a leadership for this movement.

(Libya, 25 August 2020) – The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, revealed that the Division held a meeting this morning at Mitiga base, followed by another at the Abusitah base with Libyan leaders of armed groups, during which it instructed them to infiltrate the popular movement and alter the course of their slogans and demands. Then, these pro-mobilization leaders ordered their members to participate in civilian clothes.

One of the sources, a high-ranking security official, added that Turkish intelligence is very disturbed by the citizen slogans and chants against Turkey’s seizure and extraction of money from the Government of National Accord (GNA), in addition to paying tens of millions to Syrian or Russians mercenaries. Ankara refuses the condition of removing all mercenaries from Libya, whether those with or against it and is of the opinion that the demonstrations against all mercenaries are against its interests. The demonstrators chanted “No to Turks, no to Russians … we are Libyans and we demand our money”, which the Turks did not like.

He pointed out that the Turkish directives were to reduce chants and slogans against Fayez al-Sarraj, the Syrian mercenaries, and the deterioration of living conditions and raise other slogans, including the demand to immediately reopen oil with the same previous arrangements (i.e. the revenues go to Siddiq al-Kabir instead of going to an independent account under international control). This is Turkey’s goal, to pay the salaries of its mercenaries and extract billions in the name of compensation, as the Turkish presidency has declared today openly.

 

The same sources revealed that the Division also directed that the infiltrating elements of the movement raise slogans against Russia, Egypt, and others and in support of the “Volcano of Anger” and condemn Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar in order to eclipse and overwhelm any slogans or chants against Turkey and its Syrian mercenaries. It aims to silence the spontaneous popular movement that raised its voice against everyone, be they Russians, Syrians, Egyptians, Presidential Council, or General Command.

It also ordered that treatment of the “Volcano” wounded members be among the demands because the continuation of treatment in Turkey means repaying the previous debts accumulating in the hundreds of millions that the Turkish Health Ministry claims in Libya.

Turkish intelligence believes that the best way to confront the expanding movement is to penetrate it, or rather to swallow it, to turn into an apparently popular movement while within the direction of Volcano of Anger only, instead of confronting it by force, provocation, and bullets.

Turkey, as we know, has long experience in suppressing the majority of the protests that erupted against Erdogan over the past years.

Source: https://almarsad.co/en/2020/08/25/special-report-turkish-intelligence-in-tripoli-orders-infiltration-of-protest-movement/

Libya: Excessive Force Used by Armed Militias Against Protesters in Tripoli

Hundreds protest against GNA corruption in Tripoli

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – Hundreds of people took to the streets in Tripoli to protest against corruption inside of the Government of National Accord (GNA), demanding that the Fayez Al-Sarraj-led government be “overthrown”.

Protests held GNA responsible for the deterioration of living conditions, criticizing the government officials high wages while ordinary citizens suffer from the cash liquidity crisis.

GNA’s payments for its Turkey-backed Syrian mercenaries and local militias were wildly denounced by the protesters.

Armed groups affiliated with GNA opened fire on the protesters, which led to several injured and one reported death.

A non-democratically elected government, GNA was formed as part of the 2015 UN-sponsored Libyan political agreement. Ever since then, it has failed to hold a control grip on western Libyan and became heavily undermined by lawless militias.

In 2019, GNA’s Al-Sarraj signed a controversial security agreement with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The agreement paved the way for Ankara to send it’s troops as well as Syrian mercenaries to Tripoli in an effort to repel the military operation launched by the Libyan National Army (LNA) at that time.


Militias Respond with Shootings and Arrests

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

Popular protests in the capital, Tripoli, were met with the excessive use of force by security personnel loyal to the Government of National Accord in Tripoli.

Imad Abu Gharara, said on his Facebook page: “My son Abdul Salam was kidnapped yesterday with thousands of Tripoli youths while he was on his way to buy milk for his son, and we have not found him. Please pray until he returns safely.”

Sources from inside the capital confirmed that armed militias carried out a widespread campaign of arrests in the neighborhoods of the capital against the demonstrators demanding the departure of the reconciliation government.

The US embassy confirms its support for the protests in Tripoli
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The Address | Benghazi – Libya

The American ambassador to Libya, Richard Norland, expressed the United States’ support for the right of citizens in all parts of the country to participate in peaceful protests.

This came in light of the massive popular demonstrations taking place in the capital, Tripoli, against the government and the deterioration of the living conditions, the spread of corruption, the interruption of services such as electricity and water, and the long waiting in front of gas stations.

The US embassy said, in a statement today, Monday, that Ambassador Norland, in talks with a number of political officials in the Government of National Accord, expressed the United States’ concern about the acute shortage of electricity, especially in light of the increasing spread of the Corona pandemic, and also expressed his support for the right of citizens to All parts of the country to participate in the peaceful protests.

Norland urged the Libyan leaders to work together to meet the urgent needs of the people and seize this opportunity for the country.

The protests in the capital, Tripoli, who confirmed that they were fed up with the deterioration of services, the frequent cuts to electricity and water, and the long queues in front of fuel distribution stations, were met with live bullets fired by gunmen.

UNSMIL statement on protests in Tripoli on 23 August 2020

The rights to peaceful assembly, protest and freedom of expression are fundamental human rights and fall within Libya’s obligations under international human rights law. UNSMIL calls for an immediate and thorough investigation into the excessive use of force by pro-GNA security personnel in Tripoli yesterday which resulted in the injury of a number of protesters.

These demonstrations were motivated by frustrations about sustained poor living conditions, shortages of electricity and water and a lack of service provision throughout the country.

Given the continuing immiseration of the Libyan people and the ever-present threat of renewed conflict, it is past time for Libyan leaders to put aside their differences and engage in a fully inclusive political dialogue as outlined by GNA President Sarraj and House of Representatives Speaker Saleh in their declarations last week.

Source: https://libya360.wordpress.com/2020/08/24/libya-excessive-force-used-by-armed-militias-against-protesters-in-tripoli/

Protests Against GNA Tyranny Turns Deadly as 22 Civilians Killed by GNA Mercenaries

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August 23, 2020 Tripoli, Libya Protestors took to the streets of Tripoli and surrounding cities to protest the untenable living conditions in the city and in the whole of Libya. The city of Tripoli that has been under the control of the so called Government of National Accord (appointed by and supported by the UN) since 2015. Since that time the GNA has not done one government like activity in Libya. The GNA is made up of radicals, mostly Muslim Brotherhood but some Al Qaeda and LIFG. The Libyan people would have never agreed or voted to put such people in charge of their banks, government ministries or other such institutions. The criminals in the GNA were appointed? by someone in a meeting? in Tunisia. The elected government of Libya – the HOR (House of Representatives) rejected a group of men appointed in a foreign country to rule in Tripoli so the UN sneaked them in by the dark of night by boat to Tripoli. Once they landed they were under the protection of Belhaj, the terrorist leader of the LIFG in Tripoli. The GNA having put their feet on Libyan soil were immediately recognized as the legitimate government of Libya by the UN. This recognition was to last for 2 years, but since the GNA has not complied with one article of the so called Shkirat agreement, why should they be bound by the 2 year time limit. The corruption of the GNA regime knows no bounds. The first principle of the Shkirat agreement was to “Ensure the democratic rights of the Libyan people”. Serraj, the man appointed to head the GNA by God only knows who; was a furniture salesman, I am pretty sure he cannot even spell the word democracy. Serraj is of Turkish decent and a full blown PUPPET of the Turkish madman “Erdogan”.

The downhill slide of the living conditions, rights of the people, etc., started immediately after the GNA regime was installed. The situation continues to worsen daily. Billions of dollars of Libyan funds have been “GIFTED” to Turkey without any conditions attached. Billions of Libyan dollars have been paid to terrorist mercenaries brought into Tripoli to secure the criminal activities of the GNA regime and purchase weapons to be used against any Libyan that does not bow down to the Muslim Brotherhood. This is the reason the oil was shut off by the great tribes of Libya. They said we will no longer allow the money from Libya’s oil resources to be used by the GNA and Turkey to kill our people.

Yesterday, August 23, 2020; .as the people of Tripoli took to the streets demanding the removal of Serraj and his criminal GNA radical regime because they have suffered too long now with no electricity, no food, no medicine, no water, no gasoline, etc. – 22 YOUNG PEOPLE were shot and killed by the GNA regime using their terrorist mercenaries – paid for with the Libyan people’s money. The Libyan people demand the removal of all their so called governments – there is no support for the people from any of them and there is no legitimate government in Libya. They call for a country wide election that was promised to them years ago.

WHERE IS NATO NOW? WHERE ARE THE CRIES FOR THE INNOCENT PEOPLE OF LIBYA?

In 2011 the entire country, security and government was DESTROYED by NATO because 2 protestors were shot by Qatari snipers in Benghazi and it was blamed on Ghadafi. Hillary Clinton’s legacy continues in Libya. The people suffer every day with a criminal regime that does nothing except support the theft of Libya to a Turkish madman who wants to reinstate one of the most brutal regimes in the history of the world – the “Ottoman Empire”. The entire destruction of Libya was based on a lie and the continuation of the oppression of the Libyan people by the UN and its minions is a crime against humanity that the world refuses to recognize.

The UN in its report today about the protests in Tripoli barely covers the reasons and the results of the protests. But, if you remember in 2011, the reports of crimes in Libya were embellished to the point of it being worse than Nazi Germany. A small slap on the hand of the GNA that there will be an investigation into the use of force means absolutely nothing will happen. Why is that? Because the GNA is the creature created by the UN. All that is required to help Libya return to a peaceful country is to remove the virus that is making it sick, that virus is the GNA and Turkey. Link to UN report: https://unsmil.unmissions.org/unsmil-statement-protests-tripoli-23-augus…

You will not find one legitimate reports about what happened in Tripoli on August 23, 2020. The national media outlets are reporting protests with some blaming problems on Ghadafi supporters. Again they try to turn the world against Libya with lies. It is the terrorist mercenaries that shot the people – some of the protestors attempted to fight back but in the end the mercenaries are better armed and have no oversight so they kill randomly. You will not see a report of 22 killed in any media outlet.

The list of those killed has been made known in Libya and i will post it below this article.

Another effect of these protests has been an increased urgency by Turkey to take over Libya by force. As the Turkish madman, Erdogan sees his puppet in Tripoli failing and possibly soon to be gone, taken out by the Libyan people, he has begun to move his warships towards the Sirte harbor. The Libyan National Army and the Egyptian army are both on high alert as Turkey has been warned to keep their war ships away from Libya.

Make no mistake, there will be no ceasefire in Libya, it is a red herring. The same dirty game played by the UN during the Berlin talks. When the Libyan peoples army agreed to the terms and pulled out of Tripoli, the Turkish supported GNA did not and claimed a victory over the Libyan army. The LNA will not fall for this again, no matter if Serraj or Saleh of the GNA and HOR respectively, state such things. There can be no ceasefire when your country is illegally occupied and being stolen from on a grand scale by terrorists. You cannot negotiate with terrorists.

Things are coming to a head in Libya, the people are standing against the corruption and terrorists that were planted in their country by NATO and Hillary Clinton. They will take back their country or they will die. The US people had better pay attention, the same dirty tricks are being played on the US citizens today and the results will be the same. It is all part of the New World Order Khazarian Zionists agenda.

Killed protestors

Ancora scontri tra RATTI mercenari che sostengono Al Serraji.

Due incidenti tra le forze di supporto al Governo di Tripoli

Un soldato (mercenario) siriano dell’esercito di Ankara ha confermato che nella giornata di venerdì si sono verificati due incidenti tra le forze affiliate al Governo di Tripoli.

Secondo il giovane siriano, una disputa personale sarebbe sfociata in uno scontro che ha portato alla morte di due siriani appartenenti alla fazione del Sultan Murad, nei pressi di Salah al Din, a sud di Tripoli.

Nel secondo invece, libici appartenenti a gruppi armati locali si sarebbero scontrati ad Ain Zara, nei pressi del college militare. Secondo la stessa fonte, alcuni di loro sarebbero rimasti feriti.

Preso da: https://specialelibia.it/2020/07/18/due-incidenti-tra-le-forze-di-supporto-al-governo-di-tripoli/

Warfalla Tribes in the Eastern Region: We Support the Egyptian initiative to Counter Neo-Ottoman Colonial Ambitions

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 Warfalla Tribes 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

© Al Marsad English (2020)

Source: https://almarsad.co/en/2020/06/23/warfalla-tribes-in-the-eastern-region-we-support-the-egyptian-initiative-to-counter-neo-ottoman-colonial-ambitions/

LEAKED: Turkey’s long-term strategy in Libya

Published: 07 June 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.

1CAPTURE 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”.

2CONTROL 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. ”

5CREATE 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.

Source: http://libyatimes.net/news/177-leaked-turkey-s-long-term-strategy-in-libya

Turkey tests military flights to Libya amid reports of establishing bases

Ankara proving it can rapidly and easily deploy several F-16s and early warning aircraft to Libya, official tells MEE
A Turkish F-16 takes off from Eskisehir as part of the air drill in the Eastern Mediterranean (Handout)

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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.

Source: https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/turkey-libya-military-drill-bases-gna