Pentagon Report Warns Turkey is Seeking to Consolidate its Influence in Libya – Al Marsad

The Pentagon has warned that Turkey is seeking to consolidate its influence in Libya during this year and next.

(LIBYA, 20 June 2021) – A report published by the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper today, said a report by the US Department of Defence’s intelligence group at the Pentagon reported that Turkey is seeking to consolidate its influence in Libya, after the Turkish military supported the former Government of National Accord (GNA) with drones and air defense systems, with the aim of preventing the Libyan National Army (LNA) from capturing Tripoli.

The Pentagon report also said it expected Russia to reprioritise its engagement with the new interim unity government in order to secure its influence in Libya, stating that the unresolved Libyan conflict. The report said the continued presence of terrorist networks in North Africa, were among the most difficult issues to resolve and among the the greatest challenges for security in the region.

The report by the Pentagon, which was delivered to US Congress, indicated that Russia seeks to expand its security influence in Africa under the pretext of military cooperation, the use of Russian private military companies, arms sales and training, and bilateral defense agreements. It said Russia aimed to establish lasting relations on the African continent, including with its historic partners such as Algeria and Angola, in order to enhance its ability to project power and increase its regional advantage.