The United Nations has been criticised by Libya National Army (LNA) spokesman Ahmed Al-Mesmari for not issuing a statement condemning terrorist attacks and funding for terrorist groups from the Chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya, Fayez Al-Sarraj, in addition to Turkey and Qatar.
“We will target all facilities used by terrorist organizations as a base for them. Turkey provides terrorists with drones, advanced armour and experts to train them in these new technologies. Turkey has been present from the beginning in Libya, and we have targeted in Mitiga district an operating room and drones affiliated to it,” Al-Mesmari said.
Al-Mesmari also accused Turkey and Qatar of smuggling weapons to terrorist groups and militia in Libya, to keep fighting against the LNA. “Libyans support LNA efforts to restore the country’s stability and security,” he added.
Turkey and Qatar are thought to be behind the political developments in Libya. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is believed to working behind the scenes in Libya, as he believed that if extremists succeed in Libya, then their influence would spread to neighbouring Tunisia in the west, and Egypt in the east.
Asharq Al-Awsat reported that intelligence agencies received information about the arrival of several Ukrainian aircraft to Tripoli, from Ankara loaded with weapons for the pro-Government of National Accord (GNA) militias.
In addition to weapons, Turkey has sent intelligence agents to support militias and terrorist groups, revealed a Libyan military source. The LNA has obtained the names of 19 Turkish officers, whom Ankara has dispatched to Libya to operate drones.
As for Qatar, militias that it supports are believed to have planted French-made Javelin rockets in LNA weapons storehouses. to make it appear as if it was violating the embargo. Qatar has also helped militias to purchase advanced weapons from Bulgaria, to be smuggled to Libya.
Extremists who live in Qatar, who are also affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood, have brought terrorists from Iraq and Syria to Libya. While Doha uses its transportation companies to accomplish this target, Erdogan has opened his airports for terrorists.
Libyan political expert, and professor of international law, Mohammed Zubidah, revealed to The Reference in an interview, that Qatar and Turkey are the main supporters for the militias in Libya, and this support has been going on since 2011, to achieve their long-term goals and schemes. Also, Qatar and Turkey support use of militias to threaten Egyptian national security and blackmail Cairo politically, mainly through the Muslim Brotherhood.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s losses will be severe, for example, if they lose the support they used to receive, as a price for the role it plays in Libya, as the terrorist organization has sought to turn Libya into a treasury to fund these groups, as well as a training ground and a crossing point for terrorists and militias. The fall of the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya means the collapse of the whole project in the Arab region and Africa.
The reasons for Turkey’s backing of the GNA are complex, but a number of scenarios and explanations stand out.
One of the most widely held theories is that Turkey has been drawn into the conflict, due to its ideological closeness to the significant Muslim Brotherhood elements within the GNA. The impact that the Muslim Brotherhood has had on Turkey’s relations with countries from Syria to Sudan, Palestine to Egypt, cannot be denied. Egypt and the Gulf States count the group as a terrorist organisation, and have condemned Turkey for supporting it.