Haftar forces accuses Turkey of targeting oil in Libya as Sirte battle looms: report


A military buildup around the Libyan city of Sirte has raised fears of a major battle for control of the area’s strategic oil reserves, the Arab News website reported.

The Libyan National Army (LNA), which has occupied Sirte since May, accused Turkey of targeting the oil-rich city and supplying militias in the area with weapons.

LNA spokesman Ahmed Al-Mesmari said western Libya is under total Turkish control and that Turkey aims to reach Libya’s “oil crescent,” a coastal region home to most of its oil export terminals.

The LNA is closely monitoring Turkey’s moves in Sirte and Al-Jufra, he added. “We expect an attack on Sirte by Turkey and the militias at any time,” Al-Mesmari said.

His statement was confirmed a few days ago on a social media account affiliated with Turkey, which posted a map of areas under its control as well as the latest developments in Libya.

The map showed areas under the control of Khalifa Haftar, LNA commander, and the Government of National Accord (GNA). It also featured arrows illustrating that Sirte and Al-Jufra are the next targets of the GNA, despite a no-fly zone on the area imposed by the LNA.

The developments led UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to warn against a military buildup near Sirte.

The warning came after LNA troops led by Haftar retreated and GNA troops led by Fayez Al-Sarraj, prime minister of the GNA of Libya, advanced.

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  1. The whole of Maghreb region is important to Turkey.. Turkey has trade and large corp. contracts through out the region.. so Libya has to be secured

  2. I am surprised to read the update on war in Libya and its connects simply blaming Russia and Egypt helping the eastern Libya militia/LNA while Turkey is adamantly participating in the war by all means and power not in hidden way but battling on the ground. GNA militia is very weak and it could not face the militia/LNA of eastern Libya over one year long war. But abruptly the war game was changed due to full interference and interruption by Turkey in Tripoli. Now it is anticipated that Turkish troops will control over the important and significant “oil crescents” in the country apart from taking full control of Tripoli — the capital of Libya to enforce the government of its own accord and in its own interest. Uptil now NATO and USA are ridiculing the Libyan affairs and not taking any concrete steps for stopping Turkey and other direct impeachers/intruders I fear there is going to be a fierce bloodshed again around Sirte and UNO/GNA shall be entirely responsible for this new chain of killings and mortalities. Sorry, Libya. You are being punished by your own people and terrorists apart from UNO.