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Article: Erdogan’s Cronies Leech Off Libya’s Oil and Blood

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After
chief of intelligence of the Libyan Government of the National Accord
(GNA) Abdulkader Al-Tuhami died under mysterious circumstances, a
number of media outlets who happened to be affiliated to Turkey
downplayed the importance of the news by claiming that the Libyan
spy-master experienced a heart attack, perhaps the most common cause
of death there is to be found.

However, in Libya people, let alone
spy-masters, are much more likely to die of more sinister causes, and
the case of Al-Tuhami is no exception. A number of well-informed
sources are confident that his death was actually an assassination
organized by high-ranking Turkish officials.

Turkish
invasion of Libya obviously not only pursued political goals set by
Recep Erdogan, but also sought to gain economic advantages. Sources
inside the Libyan intelligence community indicate that from the
outset of the Turkish operation teams of Turkish specialists have
been conducting surveys on the Libyan coast and in territorial waters
in search of perspective oil and gas fields. Considerable efforts are
being put into keeping these activities secret in order to avoid
suspicions of the Libyan authorities and criticism of the
international community.

Besides
foraging the Libyan shelf for gas and oil, Ankara operates an oil-smuggling ring via a number of proxies. Turkey’s Chief of the
General Staff GeneralYasar Guler personally oversees research and
illegal oil trade, while his deputy General Metin Gyurak who commands
the Turkish troops in Libya supervises smuggling routes to Europe and
cooperation with local armed factions, sources claimed.

Cross-border
smuggling is a domain in which Ankara possesses a remarkable skill.
Throughout years of the Syrian conflict Turkey tasked its proxies
with producing and smuggling Syrian oil to export the stolen fuel to
Europe. Moreover, according to multiple members or Recep Erdogan’s
inner circle, the Turkish President put his own son in charge of
smuggling oil bought from ISIS.

Libya’s
oil and gas reserves being much more substantial than Syria’s, it
is no wonder that the Turkish elites hurried to got its hands on
Libyan natural resources. Experts believe that mysterious death of
the Libyan spy-master Al-Tuhami might be a byproduct of the power
struggle among the militias competing for the grip over oil. The new
powerhouse represented by the Turkish military is not shy of
eliminating its competitors on the way to the total domination in the
battle for Libyan oil.

Numerous
Arab media suggested that Al-Tuhami died at the hands of
Turkey-affiliated militants. The Libyan officer was in a position to
find out Ankara’s intentions to steal the Libyan resources, and
more likely than not he tried to prevent it. Unfortunately, the
“Turkish allies” resorted to radical measures and assassinated
him.

It
is obvious that the Turkish establishment will not stop feeding on
the war-torn Libya because of domestic-economy disaster amid the
COVID-19 pandemic and huge military expenses on campaigns in Syria
and Libya. The Turkish leader seeks to suck Libya dry under the thin
veil of rhetoric in support of the GNA.

It’s
no secret that Erdogan is desperate in his desire to restore the
Ottoman empire to its former glory. However, the only goal he pursues
in Libya is to leech off the country’s natural resources by pulling
the strings attached to its puppet GNA – ironically enough, the one
that provided legitimate grounds for the Turkish invasion.

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Libyan writer and journalist currently based in the UK.

The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author
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