Egypt sends troops to Libya

 Egypt sends troops to Libya

On May 18, the government of national unity of Libya announced that it would take back the vatiye air base from the armed national army in eastern Libya. The picture shows the national army fighter taken at vatier air force base. Shen Jizhong

The Egyptian parliament issued a statement on July 20, saying that the parliament held a closed door meeting on the same day, and unanimously agreed with the members of the meeting to authorize the Egyptian army to carry out combat tasks outside the country, so as to strike down armed elements and foreign terrorists in the western strategic direction, and safeguard Egypts national security.. On July 14, the national assembly of Libya, which controls the eastern part of Libya, invited Egypt to send troops to intervene on the ground that Turkeys occupation poses a direct threat to China and neighboring countries, especially Egypt.

Earlier, the Egyptian army, navy and air force began to hold a decision-2020 military exercise near the border area of Libya on July 9, pointing to the battlefield in Libya. With the rapid change of the situation in Libya, countries outside the region are moving forward from behind the scenes. Libya is facing the prospect of becoming the second Syria.

From hopelessness to reversal

u2014u2014Turkey helps militia armed forces fight back in an all-round way

In April 2019, the national army of Libya, supported by Russia, France, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, launched a flood of dignity offensive aimed at comprehensively seizing control of Libya, once occupying 80% of the territory and squeezing the Libyan national unity government into the corner of Tripoli, the capital city. The latter urgently sought help from Turkey and signed two memoranda of cooperation with Turkey in November 2019 in exchange for the latters large-scale involvement in the Libyan Civil War - not only directly sending combat units and military advisers, but also recruiting a large number of Syrian free army from the Syrian battlefield to fight in Libya.

Turkeys intervention has turned the already exhausted government of national unity back and forth. In early May this year, the militia armed forces under the jurisdiction of the national unity government began to carry out a comprehensive counterattack against the national army. On June 3, the militia armed forces recovered Tripoli International Airport and eliminated the national army in the suburbs of the capital city. Since then, the militia armed forces have successively recaptured several important towns previously occupied and pushed the front line forward for more than 300 kilometers, thus basically restoring the battlefield situation to the state before the dignity flood offensive.

During the battle, Turkey dispatched e-737 early warning secret to monitor the take-off and landing of the national army and the United Arab Emirates, and sent a large number of TB-2 integrated observation and strike UAVs to bomb the positions and logistics supply lines of the national army, while the Perry class missile frigates cruising along the coast of Libya and the ground anti-aircraft missiles deployed in the military base provided the militia armed forces Strong air defense support.

The militia armed forces, which achieved the great reversal, did not intend to stop the attack, but actively planned a larger scale military attack. On June 5, the Turkish presidential palace announced that Sirte and zhufra provinces would be the next targets of attack by the militia forces. On June 11, the Turkish Navy and air force held a massive military exercise in the Mediterranean Sea to demonstrate its joint sea air combat capability.

From behind the scenes to the stage

u2014u2014Egypt ready for large-scale intervention

Turkeys strong intervention has caused serious dissatisfaction among the countries behind the national army. Russia sent nearly 10 more MiG-29 and SU-24 fighters to Libya at the end of May. France and the United Arab Emirates also issued warnings to Turkey. After Egyptian President Cecis proposal for a cease-fire between the two sides of the civil war was rejected by Turkey, a large number of Egyptian army armored forces began to gather in the border area adjacent to Libya, and a large number of warplanes also gathered at three air bases near the border with Egypt.

On June 20, during his inspection of Egypts Western military region, Sesi pointed out that due to the continuous deterioration of the situation in Libya, the Egyptian army was ready to carry out military intervention at the request of the Libyan people. At the same time, Ceci drew a red line for the militia forces, that is, the Sirte juvla area where the two sides of the civil war are currently facing each other, and warned that if the militia forces attack the area, Egypt will carry out military intervention.

On July 8, Turkey announced that it would hold a new round of large-scale naval exercises in the Mediterranean Sea. The next day, the Egyptian army, navy and air force took the lead in holding a decision-2020 military exercise near the border for several days without prior notice, in response to Turkeys military exercise plan. During the exercise, the Egyptian army conducted a targeted preview of military intervention in Libya. The Egyptian air force and army conducted air ground coordinated operations, simulated attack on mercenary strongholds, and carried out large-scale and deep-seated operations, while the Navy conducted amphibious landing operations. In addition, the Egyptian army also carried out air defense and antimissile live ammunition shooting.

From civil war to scuffle

u2014u2014Libya may become the second Syria

Since the fall of Gaddafi, the civil war in Libya has lasted for nearly 10 years, but in recent years, the signs of direct intervention by foreign countries are becoming more and more obvious. According to the red line drawn by Sesi, whether or not the militia armed forces attack Sirte has become a key factor in whether Egypt will send troops to Libya.

At present, the militia armed forces are strong and strong, and are likely to seize the victory and pursue the victory and expand the scope of control, especially in Sirte Province, an important oil production and transportation area. At the beginning of this month, Turkeys defense minister, chief of general staff and other senior military officials appeared at the Turkish military base in Libya, demonstrating once again their support for the militia armed forces.. It may only be a matter of time before the militia forces attack Sirte Province in the future.

From the perspective of Egypt, it has long had disagreements with Turkey on issues such as Muslim Brotherhood and Mediterranean demarcation. Whether it is cracking down on the Brotherhood which is regarded as a terrorist organization but has close ties with Turkey, or fighting with turkey for resources and regional influence, Egypt has reasons to send troops to Libya. Whats more, once Egypt sends troops, it will certainly receive a large amount of military and economic assistance from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other Arab countries, which is undoubtedly very important for the sessi government, which has been in deep trouble in recent years.

In terms of the equipment of the Egyptian and Turkish armies, the Egyptian army is not inferior to the Turkish army. In recent years, Egypt has successively purchased Rafale fighters and northwest wind amphibious assault ships from France. The strength of its navy and air force has been significantly enhanced. The number of m1a1 tanks of its army has exceeded 1000, and it is equipped with advanced weapons such as AH-64D long bow Apache and Ka-52 alligator armed helicopter. If you consider that the Egyptian army is fighting at home, while Turkey is not only fighting on multiple lines, but also laboring expeditions, then the advantage of the Egyptian army will be more obvious.

Therefore, once Egypt intervenes militarily, the situation in Libya may change dramatically again. At that time, the possibility of direct military conflict between the Turkish army and the Egyptian army will greatly increase. With more and more outside forces involved, the possibility of Libya becoming a second Syria is increasing.

(function(){( window.slotbydup=window .slotbydup||[]).push({id:u5811557,container:ssp_ 5811557, async:true }Source of this article: Peoples Network - Communist Party of China News Network Editor: Cui Yuwei_ NBJS11349