Libya to become another failure for Turkey - Arab News

Turkey is looking to use Libya to strengthen its status, but will only suffer defeat as it did in Syria if it insists on supporting the war therein, wrote columnist Abdulrahman Al-Rashed in the Saudi daily Arab News.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan can prolong and widen the chaos in Libya, which has been divided between rival factions since 2014, but he will not be able to rule the country, the article said.

Turkey has deployed military trainers and advisers to Libya to prop up the country’s U.N.-recognised the Government of National Accord (GNA), which has been fighting off a months-long offensive by a rival faction, the Libyan National Army (LNA).

Ankara also signed a military cooperation deal with the Tripoli-based GNA in November, and the parliament recently passed a bill approving the deployment of troops to the war-torn north African country.

“The Turks justify their involvement in the war by claiming that Libya owes them huge amounts of money after they financed projects during the late Qaddafi era. Turkey is also claiming that millions of citizens of Turkish origin are living in Libya, which of course is not true,’’ the article said. 

Turkey is also accused of funding and arming Islamist factions in Libya fighting on the side of the GNA.

The Arab News columnist maintains Turkey, after the Muslim Brotherhood’s loss of power is hanging onto to Libya, which is “a dangerous corridor with the potential to destabilise Egypt’s security, and it could even be used to threaten Europe’’.

The LNA led by Khalifa Haftar will sow chaos if it takes Tripoli, he said, which Erdoğan is using as bargaining tool to put pressure on European countries. 

In fact, Erdoğan on Saturday warned Europe it could face new threats from terrorist organisations if Libya's UN-recognised GNA government in Tripoli were to fall.

The Turks must know that Libya will only become an additional burden and eventual failure for them if they insist on supporting the war, Al-Rashed wrote.