Libya

Sarraj Heads to Rome Again as Turkey ‘Summons’ his Senior Military Officials – Asharq AL-awsat

Libya has witnessed a flurry of developments in recent days, capped on Thursday with Government of National Accord (GNA) chief Fayez al-Sarraj’s surprise visit to Rome – his second in a month. Italian media noted that the two-day visit was supposed to have been a formal trip. Sarraj was then expected to then travel to …

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Arab Parliament condemns Turkish threats against Haftar – Libyan Express

Al-Assoumi noted that threatening remarks by the Turkish Defence minister “all represent a direct violation of the sovereignty of the State of Libya and a flagrant violation of its national security, and a clear violation of the United Nations Charter and UN Security Council resolutions on the ban on the supply of arms and the sending of mercenaries and foreign fighters to the state of Libya.”

The speaker also added “the visit of the Turkish Minister of Defense to Libya and his threats reveal the malicious Turkish intentions to obstruct all efforts to resolve the crisis politically in Libya and its insistence on thwarting the political path sponsored by the United Nations and keeping the Libyan conflict open indefinitely in line with its ambitions for the wealth and capabilities of the people. Libyan ”.

Top Egyptian officials visit Tripoli for first time in years – Deutsche Welle

Egypt is wary of Turkey’s continued support for the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) and continued instability in the region. A delegation of Egyptian diplomats and intelligence officials visited the Libyan capital on Sunday. Headed by Ayman Badea, the deputy chief of the General Intelligence Service, they met with senior officials of the North African country’s …

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Turkey warns Libya’s Haftar and supporters against attacking its forces – Reuters

ANKARA (Reuters) -Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar warned on Sunday that the forces of Khalifa Haftar and their supporters based in eastern Libya would be viewed as “legitimate targets” if they attempted to attack Turkish forces in the region. Turkey is the main foreign backer of Libya’s internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) based …

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Commander threatens to target Turkish forces in Libya – AP

CAIRO (AP) — A Libyan commander who launched an offensive last year to capture the capital Tripoli from the U.N.-recognized rival government threatened Thursday to use force against Turkish troops if Ankara doesn’t stop interfering in the war-stricken North African country. Khalifa Hifter’s comments came in response to the Turkish parliament’s decision to extend for …

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Turkey bolsters influence across North Africa’s Maghreb – Digital Journal

Turkey is boosting its influence across North Africa, analysts say, intervening militarily in war-torn Libya and using “soft power”, trade and investment in Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. While Turkish-made drones have won battles in Libya, its soap operas and other cultural products have won hearts and minds in Maghreb countries, several of which were once …

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Former Obama defense secretary urges Biden to step up U.S. pressure on Erdogan – Haaretz.com

Robert Gates writes in New York Times that Turkey, a fellow NATO member, must also be held to account for its actions in Libya and Syria. WASHINGTON – Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates urged the incoming Biden administration to take a tougher stance with Turkey, suggesting further punitive steps could be taken against its …

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Libya’s east-based forces seize Turkish-owned vessel – ABC News

Forces of a Libyan commander who rules the eastern half of the country and who was behind a year-long military attempt to capture the capital have seized a Turkish vessel heading to the western town of Misrata. CAIRO — Forces of a Libyan commander who rules the eastern half of the country and who was …

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Arab States Against Turkey – Polish Institute of International Affairs

In September, Egypt called on Arab states to create common, assertive policy against Turkey. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Morocco began to boycott Turkish imports. These moves stem from Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s increasingly interventionist policy towards Arab states and the Mediterranean region. The escalating dispute puts the EU in …

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Naguib Sawiris says Turkey’s Erdogan wants to be ‘new Ottoman emperor’ – CNBC

In strongly worded criticism, Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris this week said Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is making a “very big mess” in the Middle East by interfering around the region. A Turkish official said, “President Erdoğan leads our Nation accordingly and claims to the contrary are baseless.” Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris leveled strongly worded …

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The Problem with Turkey’s Proxy Militias Isn’t Just Military – The National Interest

[…] Whereas Turkish diplomats once claimed they were an ally in the fight against the Islamic State, the Turkish military and intelligence service has increasingly employed Islamic State veterans to further Turkey’s interests across the region. 

The Rojava Information Center, which operates out of Kurdish-controlled northeastern Syria, for example, has identified several dozen Islamic State veterans now working with Turkish-backed forces. These militias have engaged in ethnic cleansingkidnapped women and girls, and otherwise sought to upset and change the social order. As they displace local Kurds and settle Arabs from elsewhere in Syria, they set the stage for decades of conflict and instability. 

How a Lebanese company’s role in shipping Turkish arms to Libya landed it in the crosshairs of the EU – L’Orient Today

BEIRUT — The 40-year-old car carrier named Bana that plied the waters of the Mediterranean was unremarkable in almost all ways, except a dramatic one: the Lebanese-flagged vessel’s shipment of weapons from Turkey to Libya in January 2020 placed it squarely in a whirlwind of international intrigue. After public attention had faded over the Bana’s …

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