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DECEMBER 2020

Turkish Warships Off The Coast of Libya, As Erdogan Vows to Counter Haftar’s Forces

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Turkish Warships Off The Coast of Libya, As Erdogan Vows to Counter Haftar's Forces

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On January 28th, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar only controlled the desert areas of Libya.

He further said that Turkey monitors the LNA’s attempts to capture the populated areas and Ankara would do whatever is necessary to counter their offensive.

He alleged that Russian soldiers, with funding from the UAE was making the LNA’s offensive possible.

Around the same time Erdogan made his claims, reports began surfacing of Turkish navy warships in the Libyan exclusive economic zone.

The Turkish Navy was delivering some sort of undisclosed cargo, with a roro-cargo ship, which was escorted by frigates.

Despite the presumed no-fly zone established by the LNA over Tripoli, a Turkish Boeing 747 ER-BBJ departed Istanbul en route to Libya, it is possible that this is filled with more militants or equipment, (since the 747 ER-BBJ is a cargo plane), being delivered to fight on behalf of the UN-assigned Government of National Accord (GNA).

It is likely that the GNA forces gain a second wind in some areas, since reinforcements reached the Al Qurain and Al-Washaka areas, which the LNA has been attempting to push in the last few days.

The GNA downed a UAV, and it reported that it was a LNA one, but the LNA denied, saying that they accidentally targeted and shot down a Turkish UAV over Misrata.

The significant part is that the UAV, according to photos was shot down by a surface-to-air battery, and not by any anti-UAV measure.

There are little reports of the activity of the LNA in recent days, but the attempts to push west of Sirte and south of Tripoli are on-going, but currently most propaganda is being pushed out of the GNA and Turkey.

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