The Turkish Armed Forces are preparing to establish two permanent military bases in Libya, Turkish outlet Yeni Safak reported.
Government of National Accord (GNA) President Fayez al-Sarraj visited Ankara and met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
In the meeting they discussed that Turkey would actually reorganize the GNA’s forces into a proper military. This is like a situation similar to what Turkey attempted to do in Libya with the Syrian National Army, when it simply rebranded a set of militant groups under a formal army’s command. This doesn’t specifically mean they will actually become an army, or even the regular Libyan Army.
Yeni Safak is reporting that Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar had essentially been defeated, and this opens the way for Turkey to first reorganize the military, begin drilling activities in oil fields, and even provide contracting services for the reconstruction of cities that saw clashes.
According to unnamed Libyan sources, the military cooperation between the GNA and Turkey will be deepened.
Currently, efforts are on-going to clean the al-Watiya airbase from mines and traps, and then it would be provided to Turkey for it to also operate out of it.
Turkish UAVs, missile defense systems and other equipment is planned to be deployed there.
Aircraft would be deployed to both Misrata, as well as al-Watiya to fortify the bases further.
Furthermore, because Turkey was able to use its navy, in addition to its air force and ground forces in Libya, the results are better than in Northeastern Syria, where it can’t utilize it’s navy effectively.
Within the scope of the naval-air-land joint operations concept implemented by the Turkish Armed Forces, the Turkish Armed held a maritime task force off the coast of Libya.
Combat ships, reconnaissance ships, auxiliary ships prevented threats from the sea, the logistics line was operated uninterruptedly, and land elements were contributed with radar systems and support weapons.
Also, this is effectively used against Greece, which according to the Turkish side carries out provocations in the Mediterranean by refusing to accept the maritime agreement between the GNA and Turkey.
Accordingly, it is considered that the Port of Misrata will be turned into a sea base for permanent deployment.
Turkey will also extract the most oil from the region nearby Misrata. The presence of Turkish warships is considered essential for the security of drilling activities in the region.
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