Turkey's Military Intervention In Libya
Might Help Syria
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December 27, 2019 "Information
The Turkish intervention in Libya might
a major international crisis
as each side in the 'civil' war in Libya has
several international supporters.
Turkey is now
to move troops and equipment to Libya:
Turkey will introduce a bill to send
troops to Libya as soon as Parliament
resumes, in response to the country's
invitation, President Recep Tayyip
Erdoğan announced on Thursday.
Speaking at a meeting of provincial
heads at the headquarters of the ruling
Justice and Development Party (AK Party)
in the capital Ankara, Erdoğan said the
military mandate to send troops to Libya
will be on Parliament's agenda when it
resumes early January.
also criticized countries supporting the
East Libya-based warlord Khalifa Haftar
rather than Fayez al-Sarraj.
noted that there is no public record of the
was unclear what specific invitation
Erdogan was referring to as the interior
minister in the Tripoli-based
government, Fathi Bashagha, suggested in
comments to reporters in Tunis that no
official request had yet been made.
Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Russia and
several west European countries support the
anti-Muslim Brotherhood forces under Khalifa
Haftar who controls most of Libya (red).
Qatar and Turkey have taken the Islamists'
side. Fayez al-Sarraj controls little more
than Tripoli and Misrata (blue). He
originally had UN and EU support but the
lack of progress since 2015, when Sarraj's
Government of National Accord was formed,
has weakened his authority and his
involvement in the war in Libya will be bad
for that country but it might be good for
Syria. In 2011, after NATO had supported
Islamists to destroy the Libyan state, many
of those fighters were transferred to Syria
to help to destroy that country. Weapons
from Libya were transported via Turkey to
Syria to support the 'rebels' against the
Turkey-backed rebels from Syria will
soon join the internationally-recognized
Libyan government's forces in the fight
against strongman Khalifa Haftar.
The ethnic Turkmen rebel groups that
have fought alongside Turkey in northern
Syria are expected to reinforce the
government in Tripoli imminently,
according to senior officials in Libya
The Libyan government had initially
resisted the idea of such a deployment
but eventually accepted it as Haftar’s
forces began to advance on Tripoli,
according to that administration’s
Sultan Murad Brigade has been used by Turkey
to ethnically cleanse the Kurdish areas in
northwest Syria. Its fighters are known to
be undisciplined and brutal. They have been
trained and armed by Turkey and their
commanders speak Turkish. Some of them are
also trained to call in air support.
Other groups currently undergo training
by Turkish officers to then be send to
Qatar are offering relatively large sums
to recruit more of such Syrian 'rebels'
Sources confirmed that the
Turkish-backed factions attract youth to
join war in Libya offering temptations
and rewarding salaries range between
1800 and 2000 US dollars for a single
fighter per month. In addition to that
offering additional services to be
guaranteed by the host country.
Other sources confirmed that two
fighters were killed in Libya days ago,
they are of those who had displaced from
Damascus and joined the Turkish-backed
fighters in Syria will make it easier for
the Syrian army to make progress in
its renewed Idleb campaign.
Since its launch on December 19 the new
operation on areas held by the al-Qaeda
affiliated Hayat Tahrir al Sham (HTS)
already liberated more than 40 villages.
Both, the President of the United States and
the Emir of al-Qaeda in Syria, issued quite
similar messages of concern about the Syrian
government attack. Both pointed to Russia
and Iran instead of the terrorists those
countries seek to defeat.
15:25 UTC · Dec 26, 2019
Russia, Syria, and Iran are killing, or
on their way to killing, thousands if
innocent civilians in Idlib Province.
Don’t do it! Turkey is working hard to
stop this carnage.
A day before
Trump's tweet HTS leader Abu Mohammad al-Julani
published a video which one of his fan boys
"Between the two [Russia & Iran], the
regime is being used by the two sides as
a puppet to take over territories and
properties, through demographic
change... To achieve their goals, the
two have no qualms in committing the
ugliest massacres against the Sunni
...., through airstrikes, bombardments
and leveling to the ground, after they
failed to pacify the revolution through
political and security means."
Jolani: "Having said that, we are in
front of a great battle, on behalf of
the whole Islamic Ummah, and on behalf
of a hypocrite world that once wanted to
destroy the Soviet Union & to confront
the Iranian ambitions."
last part, 'on behalf of the Islamic Ummah',
can be understood as a fresh invitation to
Islamists and sponsors from everywhere to
support al-Qaeda in its fight in Idleb
Joulani had previously rejected help from
the 'rebels' associated with Turkey. He
fears that they could endanger his dominant
position in Idleb. He is looking for new
recruits who are willing to swear personal
allegiance to him. It seems unlikely though
that his call will receive sufficient
response to make up for the losses his
current forces have to take.
The U.S. State
HTS as a terrorist organization. At a 2017
(vid) organized by the Middle East
Institute, Brett McGurk, the U.S.
government’s Special Presidential Envoy for
the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS, called
Syria’s Idlib province “the largest Al Qaeda
safe haven since 9/11 tied directly to Ayman
al-Zawahiri [current leader of Al Qaeda].”
He added that the Al Qaeda presence in Idlib
was a “huge problem” and had been so “for
Neither Trump's nor Joulani's protests will
have any effect on the Idleb campaign. The
Syrian operation to liberate Idleb will
continue in several phases.
Syrian army is currently fighting to control
the blue area. It is then likely to proceed
further north to gain full control of the M5
highway between Hama and Aleppo. The army
will then move to take the western part of
south Idleb to reopen the M4 highway which
leads from the coast to Aleppo.
Idleb governorate is mostly rural and has
few economic assets that are worth a big
fight. But the control of those highways is
essential for the revival of Syria's
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