Thursday, September 23, 2021

Why are Turkish Military Cargo Planes Landing in Libya?


 Sept 23, 2021. Greece.


On Wednesday, the global air traffic tracker, Flightradar24, revealed that an Airbus A400 cargo plane affiliated with the Turkish Air Force took off from Isparta Airport in southern Turkey for Libya.

Over the past four days, Itamilradar, a military air traffic tracking website, revealed that Turkish A400 cargo flights have been landing at the Al-Wattiya airbase.


Turkey continues to transport military supplies to western Libya, despite the fact that the UN-brokered ceasefire agreement stipulates that all military cooperation with foreign nations must be halted.

In May, Turkish Defense Minister, Hulusi Akar stated that the Turkish soldiers and Syrian mercenaries in Libya would remain to preserve Ankara’s interests in Libya.

The UN estimates there are over 20,000 foreign fighters and mercenaries in Libya, helping both sides of the conflict.

In April 2019, the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive on Tripoli. The Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) requested help from Turkey in November 2019 to avert an LNA takeover. Ankara soon began to airlift thousands of Syrian mercenaries, and an array of weapons to support the GNA.

Notably, professor of political science at Omar Al-Mukhtar Al-Libi University, Yusef Al-Farsi said that the Turkish air bridge to western Libya was impeding international political efforts that aim to address the Libyan crisis by peaceful means.

Last week On Monday, two Turkish military A400 cargo planes travelling from Ankara landed at Al-Watiya airbase in western Libya.

According to data provided by Flightradar24, the two military planes arrived at the same time, one of them registered with the number 0080-17, and the other with the number 0051-15.

Earlier, Libyan Foreign Minister Najla Al-Mangoush called on Turkey to work with the Government of National Unity (GNU) and begin withdrawing all foreign forces and mercenaries from Libya.

Earlier this month, Libyan Foreign Minister Najla Al-Mangoush called on Turkey to work with the Government of National Unity (GNU) and begin withdrawing all foreign forces and mercenaries from Libya.


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