For Turkey, Ankara’s active involvement in the Libyan war is tied to Prime Minister Saraj’s promise of reconstruction and construction contracts, estimated to be worth more than $ 25 billion.

According to Al Bawaba newspaper, as the war in Libya continued to grow and seemed to have no end, the interests of the nations involved in the conflict also became more apparent. In fact, the underground forces behind the Government of National Accord (GNA) of Prime Minister Faiz Saraj or the Libyan National Army (LNA) of General Khalifa Haftar are not hesitant to show their roles as well as the interests they want to achieve during and after the conflict in Libya.

In Libya, the interests of the countries directly affect the outcome of the war, because they see great potential from natural resources and reconstruction projects worth billions of dollars in this North African country. And to be able to touch this “piece of cake” they must be the winner.

For Turkey, Ankara’s active involvement in the war is tied to Prime Minister Saraj’s promise of reconstruction contracts, estimated to be worth more than $ 25 billion. These contracts were almost frozen after the conflict between GNA and LNA broke out again in 2014.

According to Russia’s Topcor, Turkey is trying to save its money by intervening deeply in the Libya war. This is easily recognizable by the fact that Ankara has sent more than 10,000 mercenaries from Syria to Libya in the past few months. Along with that is unlimited military aid for GNA forces.

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To be able to get their hands on “Libya pie”, Turkey must be the winner in this war. (Photo: Reporter)

Supported by Turkey, GNA from the abyss has risen strongly. They repelled most of the offensive directions of the Libyan National Army, which encircled the capital, Tripoli. They even retake many strategic areas. For example, GNA’s victory at al-Watiya air base, 140km southwest of Tripoli.

Although Ankara’s involvement in the war in Libya is increasing, it will not risk taking its troops to North Africa. The use of private military companies for this war, for Turkey, is too costly. The solution proposed by Ankara is to use jihadists available in Idlib, Syria.

The solution for the Turks is like “one arrow hits two targets”. First, they solve the human resource problem in Libya, on the other hand, they can gradually eliminate the influence of the jihadist forces in Syria, or at least make them obey Ankara.

On the other side of the front line, the UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Russia all have interests attached to the survival of General Khalifa Haftar.

It can be said that the Libyan battlefield situation is in a balanced position after the battle of al-Watiya, in the coming time, GNA and LNA will find ways to regain the initiative with new military campaigns. The most obvious example is the LNA will launch the largest air campaign ever after putting into use a series of new Russian-made fighters.

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