Turkey has been holding intensive talks with Fayez al-Sarraj, head of Government of Libyan Accord (GNA), to establish a small military base in Tripoli, according to military sources to Dubai-based Al-Arabiya satellite TV channel.
The channel broadcast a video recording showing transfer of Turkish ammunition and different types of radar devices to Mitiga base; eastern Tripoli.
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The video was filmed inside the Turkish cargo ship that entered Tripoli Port with two Turkish warships on Tuesday, January 28. The ship brought tanks, armored vehicles, as well as advanced air defense systems, in support of GNA militias fighting Libyan National Army.
Tripoli military base will be in charge of military operations in Libya. It will embrace Turkish special troops, naval forces, an airstrip and a liaison office which runs direct contact with GNA leaders.
The sources revealed that Sarraj government is negotiating to purchase military aircrafts and drones from Turkey. “Two days ago, Turkish pilots have already arrived in Tripoli,” added the sources.
The UN envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salameh, revealed, during his briefing to the Security Council, that the GNA government headed by Sarraj received support from foreign parties, in reference to Turkey.
Also, thousands of foreign fighters supporting Sarraj militias have arrived to Tripoli and have deployed to locations near the Libyan forces.
This briefing was preceded by French accusations against Turkey of sending an arms ship to Tripoli, which was confirmed by the spokesman for the Libyan National Army, Major General Ahmed Al-Mesmari.
Al-Mismari announced, on Facebook, on Thursday, that “the Libyan General Armed Forces Command monitored the cargo of the Turkish ship that had landed in the port of Tripoli on Tuesday evening, 28 January 2020.”
The Turkish interference in the Libyan affair was not limited to sending military equipment and foreign mercenaries.
The above-mentioned sources reported that Turkish military leaders sent African fighters from Kenya and Somalia to fight in Libya, developed a plan to build watchtowers in Tripoli and handed Sarraj groups an advanced air defense system.
It’s worth mentioning that Turkish intelligence chief Vidal Hakan paid a secret visit to Tripoli earlier to check out himself the field situation.