For more than eight years, Libya has suffered a devastating conflict, with armed militias and terrorist groups shedding the blood of the Libyan people with the help of foreign countries.
Libyan National Army Spokesperson General Ahmed Al-Mesmari said in a recent press conference that Qatar and has violated UN Security Council resolutions on Libya, alleging that it has made Libya a training arena for terrorist organisations.
In Tobruk in the east of Libya, the Defence and National Security committee of the Libyan House of Representatives has condemned Qatar’s intervention in Libyan domestic affairs. The committee described Qatar’s support of terrorist groups, and its justification regarding attacks on oil fields and ports as a cheap political stunt.
Meanwhile, Libyan Member of Parliament Abu Bakr Mustafa Baira has revealed that Qatar’s support for terrorist groups in Libya aims to implement their overall strategy in the region, which is to empower these organisations in Libya and hit stability in Egypt.
In his interview with Al-Ain news, Baira predicted that Doha’s support for terrorism is unlikely to stop even after the liberation of Derna. “There are many indicators pointing to particular countries which play a suspicious role in supporting extremist groups in Libya. Among these countries are Qatar and Turkey, in the first place," he said.
He stressed that Doha’s principal support is directed primarily at the terrorist groups which seek to govern Libya. Doha is using these groups, he says, to serve its strategy in the region which includes destabilisation of Egypt and its government.
Accordingly, Baira predicted that Qatar’s support for terrorist groups will not end even after the national army has liberated Derna, Sirte and Benghazi. The army has confirmed that it had found weapons sealed with Qatar’s armed forces logo at terrorist dumps in Derna.
The Libyan MP said, "Extremist groups still aspire to rule in Libya, hoping to compensate what they lost in Egypt after the failure of Muslim Brotherhood rule.”
He added that these militias hope to control Libya’s capabilities, and to create chaos and difficulties for the Egyptian regime, stressing that both Turkey and Qatar are pushing strongly in this direction.
"Terrorist militias insist on sabotaging the oil ports to grab attention. In reality they are totally incapable of any actual confrontations with the army. They resort to these “hit and run” methods but these efforts will not last for long.
Baira indicated that the situation in the Libyan south is disturbing. “There are many parties seeking to confiscate the Libyan lands, taking advantage of the absence of a central state in the country. One such party is Italy, which aims to benefit from the situation and build a military base in coordination with the government of reconciliation."
Hamed Fares, a political analyst and expert in Libyan affairs, told 7Dnews that a Muslim Brotherhood group along with Qatar and Turkey are playing a terrorist role in Libya, arming militias inside Libyan territory. "Qatar finances sabotage and destabilisation in Libya," Fares said, stressing the Qatari supply of armaments within Libyan territory to support armed militias.
He added, “Qatar pays billions of dollars to tamper with Libya's national security and to support armed terrorist militias, which are an integral part of Fayez Al-Sarraj's government. In the meantime, Turkey is giving full training to terrorists, in order to export them to Libya.”
According to a report issued by Skynews on July 23rd, the Qatari businessman Khalifa Kayed Al-Mohandi, a close friend of Qatari ruler Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani who is working for Qatari intelligence, finances terrorists in Libya by transferring money from his bank account in Tunisia to another bank in Tataouine, then Libya. The reports estimated the value of funds transferred through this account as billions of dollars. Al-Mohandi is not active on any social media and thus maintains a low profile to enable him to fulfil his mission successfully.
Al-Mohandi has previously worked in Tunisia under the guise of tourism projects in the city of Tozeur. The businessman could be a cover for intelligence, suggested by the leaked call between him and the Qatari ambassador in Mogadishu, where he said that militias carried out bombings in the Somali port of Bosasso so as to promote Qatar's interests.
The recording reveals that the Qataris know who is responsible for the bombings in an assertion that cannot be misinterpreted. It was clear from the context of the call that the attack aimed at "serving Qatar’s interests”.
The New York Times said it had maintained contact with Al-Mohanadi, who in turn did not deny the authenticity of the conversation, but claimed he was speaking as a "citizen" rather than a "governmental official.”