The Turks did not utilize yet their real military power in Libya

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TRIPOLI, (BM) – Disagreements with Tunisia have posed a dilemma for Turkey on how to proceed in Libya, Libyan military expert Hisham Abu Hajar said in a May 12 interview with Aljazeera.

“The Turks did not fully utilize real power in Libya,” said Hisham Abu Hajar.

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The expert explains the current situation as a failure in the negotiations with Tunisia.

Recall that at the end of December 2019, just a few weeks after the signing of the military cooperation agreement with the Government of the National Accord (GNA), Tripoli, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made an unexpected visit to Tunisia.

Analysts suspect that this trip was aimed at agreeing on Tunisia’s support for the Turkish military operation aimed at supporting the GNA.

Then Erdogan did not assume that after some time Tunisia would abandon the foreign military presence on its territory and from interference in Libya. For Tunisia, such an action is rational, if only because the difficult economic situation has made the country particularly susceptible to pressure from any of the world powers associated with Libya.

However, this situation has highlighted an important dilemma for Ankara, which supports the GNA and Prime Minister Faiz al-Sarraj in resisting Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar. The Haftar army has been trying to capture the capital since April 2019. The dilemma for Turkey: how long can support for the GNA continue from its bases on the Anatolian Peninsula?

Here you can recall that the air base, which Turkey organized in Tripoli, is constantly fired by Haftar forces and partially destroyed.

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The expert answers this question this way: “The control over al-Vatyya by the GNA gives them the opportunity to send ground troops and a safe place to build up a military presence in Libya.” The importance for the Turks to seize the air base in Al-Vatyya is also noted by the Libyan National Army.


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Original source: Krasnaya Vesna