Al-Asmar: Turkey Playing Last Pressure Card to Preserve its Gains in Libya – Al Marsad

The Director of the Libyan Ummah Center for Strategic Studies, Muhammad Al-Asmar, said that the surprise visit of the Turkish Defence Minister, Hulusi Akar, to Tripoli was a reaction to the speech of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar which was in turn in reaction to the decision by the Turkish Parliament to extend the stay of Turkish forces in Libya.

(Libya, 27 December 2020) – Muhammad Al-Asmar stressed in exclusive statements to Sky News Arabia today that the decision by the Turkish Parliament to extend the stay of Turkish troops in Libya for a further 18 months necessitated decisive action. He said the situation in western Libya, where Turkish intelligence, military leaders, and the militias affiliated with them are stationed, is witnessing a great split under Turkish’s occupation.

He explained, “There are two forces fighting to support the political parties, both are within the framework of the Government of National Accord (GNA), but they have differing agendas.”

Al-Asmar argued that that there is one faction headed by the President of the Presidency Council, Fayez Al-Sarraj, and those who support him, and another led by the Minister of Interior Fathi Bashagha, in addition to the return of militia leaders, most notably Haitham Tajouri,

Al-Asmar also noted that Sarraj has taken a set of measures, the most prominent of which was to separate RADA Special Deterrence Forces (SDF) from the Ministry of Interior and granting it more powers.

He said that Turkey was playing its last pressure card to preserve its gains in Libya: “Ankara is playing overtime, because at the end of January there will be an enforcement of the Libya Stabilization Act.”

© Al-Marsad English (2020)