Turkish, Egyptian intelligence services vie for influence in Libya

ANKARA/CAIRO – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared recently that his country’s intelligence work on Libyan soil was able to halt the ground progress of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) while security sources in Cairo told The Arab Weekly that Egyptian intelligence was aware of the smallest details of what was happening in the western side of Libya, which is controlled by the Turkey-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj. Continuer à lire … « Turkish, Egyptian intelligence services vie for influence in Libya »

Libya / Syria : Afrin receives 6 bodies of Syrian mercenaries killed in Libya

27/07/2020 – Press sources confirmed on Friday the arrival of 6 bodies of Syrian mercenaries from Libya to the city of Afrin, near the Syrian-Turkish border, noting that their deaths came in a clash among each other in mid-July south of Tripoli, in addition to that 9 other bodies were found in a cemetery in Tarhuna. Continuer à lire … « Libya / Syria : Afrin receives 6 bodies of Syrian mercenaries killed in Libya »

Somalia denies allegations of sending troops to Libya

23/07/2020 – Somalia denied Wednesday allegations on pro-Haftar Arab media outlets about sending some of its armed forces to Libya.

The Somali Foreign Minister Ahmed Issa Awad said his government didn’t and wouldn’t send troops to Libya, adding that his country’s forces « aren’t mercenaries ».

He also said that what was circulated on social media about the issue is baseless, denying claims that Somalia and Turkey were negotiating sending joint forces to Libya.

Libyan, UAE and Saudi media outlets – all loyal to Haftar – circulated news, without sources, about preparations for sending Somali forces to Libya.

Written By: AbdulkaderAssad / The Libya Observer

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Pentagon report: Turkey sent up to 3,800 fighters to Libya

18/07/2020 – Turkey sent between 3,500 and 3,800 paid Syrian fighters to Libya over the first three months of the year, the U.S. Defense Department’s inspector general concluded in a new report, its first to detail Turkish deployments that helped change the course of Libya’s war.

The report comes as the conflict in oil-rich Libya has escalated into a regional proxy war fueled by foreign powers pouring weapons and mercenaries into the country. The U.S. military has grown increasingly concerned about Russia’s growing influence in Libya, where hundreds of Russian mercenaries backed a campaign to capture the capital, Tripoli, in the country’s west. Continuer à lire … « Pentagon report: Turkey sent up to 3,800 fighters to Libya »

SOHR reveals | Turkish intelligence transfers 2,500 Tunisian ISIS members to Libya in a few months

18/07/2020 – At Turkish government’s orders, Turkish intelligence have transferred Jihadi groups and ISIS members of different foreign nationalities, from Syria to Libya in the past few months. According to SOHR statistics, the Turkish intelligence transferred over 2,500 Tunisian ISIS members to Libya, out of thousands of other ISIS Tunisians operating in Syria. Continuer à lire … « SOHR reveals | Turkish intelligence transfers 2,500 Tunisian ISIS members to Libya in a few months »

Russia, Wagner Group complicating Libyan ceasefire efforts (AFRICOM)

15/07/2020 – Verified photographic evidence shows indiscriminately placed booby-traps and minefields around the outskirts of Tripoli down to the Sirte since mid-June.

Africa Command (AFRICOM) has clear evidence that Russian employed, state-sponsored Wagner Group laid landmines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in and around Tripoli, further violating the United Nations arms embargo and endangering the lives of innocent Libyans. Verified photographic evidence shows indiscriminately placed booby-traps and minefields around the outskirts of Tripoli down to the Sirte since mid-June. These weapons are assessed to have been introduced into Libya by the Wagner Group. Continuer à lire … « Russia, Wagner Group complicating Libyan ceasefire efforts (AFRICOM) »

Erdogan: Mercenaries must be expelled from Libya

13/07/2020 – The Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, stressed the necessity of ridding Libya of foreign mercenaries, calling on the international community to back the legitimate Government of National Accord (GNA). Continuer à lire … « Erdogan: Mercenaries must be expelled from Libya »

Libya’s Defense Ministry says it won’t allow mercenaries to use oilfields

01/07/2020 – The Libyan Defense Ministry said on Tuesday that it won’t allow mercenaries and criminal gangs to take advantage of oil fields and energy resources in Libya.

The Deputy Defense Minister Salah Al-Namroush said in a statement that energy resources and oil fields and terminals as well as water springs are for Libyans and won’t be allowed to fall in the hands of vandals and extortionists as well as mercenaries and criminal gangs. Continuer à lire … « Libya’s Defense Ministry says it won’t allow mercenaries to use oilfields »

Libya: 200 Yemen mercenaries arrive to fight on behalf of Turkey

30/06/2020 – Military and intelligence sources have revealed that up to 200 mercenaries from Yemen have arrived in Libya to fight on behalf of the Turkish-backed, internationally-recognised Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA). Continuer à lire … « Libya: 200 Yemen mercenaries arrive to fight on behalf of Turkey »

Sudan says detains 122 alleged fighters heading for Libya

30/06/2020 – Sudan said Sunday it has arrested 122 of its nationals as they headed to neighbouring Libya to fight as « mercenaries », state media reported.

Libya’s UN-recognised unity government has long accused Sudan of sending fighters to back military strongman Khalifa Haftar who controls much of the country’s east. Continuer à lire … « Sudan says detains 122 alleged fighters heading for Libya »