Arab press: an intelligence race between Egypt, Turkey; the last one uses mercenaries to reduce its losses

Reports said that there is an Egyptian-Turkish intelligence race in Libya, while the latter is using mercenaries to reduce its losses, while the Lebanese-Israeli border has witnessed serious tension.

On Tuesday morning, Arab newspapers touched upon Egyptian-Turkish tension in Libya, as well as an escalation between Israel and the Lebanese Hezbollah.

Al-Arab: An intelligence race between Turkey and Egypt on Libyan soil

prominent of which was the Egyptian-Turkish tension in Libya. In this context, Al-Arab newspaper said: “Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan revealed that his country's intelligence role on Libyan soil has stopped the field progress of Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter, commander of the Libyan National Army , At a time when private security sources told “Al-Arab” from Cairo that the Egyptian intelligence knew the smallest details in the western side, which is controlled by the Turkish-backed Accord Government, in confirmation of the escalating intelligence race between Ankara and Cairo in the course of military developments.

The Turkish president pointed out "the importance of the state's intelligence apparatus, as it constitutes a cornerstone for getting back on its feet."

Erdogan seemed to speak calmly without reviewing the muscles by providing models and evidence for the effectiveness of the intelligence institution in Turkish history from the Ottoman period to the role it plays in Libya, and how its "successes" reinforce Ankara's strength at the negotiating table, in reference to diplomatic moves seeking a solution that takes into account The interests of the various actors involved in the crisis, mainly the recognition of the "gains" of marine and air influence, as well as of oil.

But what shakes this Turkish confidence is the presence of other forces on the ground moving on the same intelligence field, including Russia, France and the United States, while Egypt no longer hides giving Libya a top priority as an issue of Egyptian national security in the war on terrorism, securing borders, the interests of Egyptian companies and labor, and benefiting from the state of regional and international shipping against the growing Turkish influence in the Mediterranean.

An Egyptian security expert did not deny the expansion of the role played by Turkish intelligence in the region, starting from Ankara's desire to play complex roles over a wide area of ​​the world, and its keenness to extend it militarily in more than one region, which accompanies it with a parallel activity of the secret services charged with gathering information and influence in opponents.

The expert added in a statement to "Al-Arab", that the tasks carried out by the Turkish intelligence are mainly confined to the use of the terrorist organizations paper and the recruitment and transportation of its elements, but its direct performance on the ground was limited and confused due to the recent presence of it on Libyan soil.

He stressed that striking al-Wattiyya base in Libya more than once is evidence of a blatant intelligence failure, as Turkish intelligence was unable to protect the sophisticated military equipment that it smuggled and stored at the base, and did not know who exactly carried it out, and did not dare to accuse a specific country, because This requires a response that it is unable to do.

On the other hand, the “Arab” sources refused to talk about the nature of the Egyptian intelligence work in Libya, saying only: “We know every big and small in Libya, politically, security and socially, and the map of militias and mercenaries is not hidden, and it is the result of long years of work, because Libya touches The National Security League, and it is impossible to leave the stage empty for Turkey or others to tamper with.

When Al-Arab asked the Egyptian sources about the reason for the prolonged crisis and the inability of Cairo to resolve early, as long as all the details are known, while Turkey was able to enhance its military interventions and travel thousands of mercenaries, these sources said, “The issue on the ground in Libya is complex and global intelligence services entered into them, each of them wrestling in its own way, and crossing the ends, whoever has deeper and more influential knowledge will achieve his interests in some way and if it does not achieve

Al-Bayan: Mercenaries ... Turkey's means to reduce its losses

In its turn, Al-Bayan newspaper said, "Turkey has been using all its tools to support armed militias in Tripoli and the so-called" GNA "led by Fayez al-Sarraj.

In this regard, reports have been circulated about Ankara sending “two thousand Somali mercenaries” to fight in the militia ranks, after weeks of reporting similar news regarding Turkey's transfer of fighters to fight in Libya. Turkey’s use of fighters from Somalia comes in a line parallel to Ankara’s influence in Somalia in particular. And in the brown continent in general in general in recent years, using the investment weapon as a cover to expand influence.

In this context, the researcher in Turkish affairs, Karm Saeed, told Al-Bayan that the issue of transporting foreign fighters is one of the tools that Turkey depends on, which is sending mercenaries to fight in Libya and supporting the militias there, in order to reduce losses among the Turkish forces. ».

He added: «Turkey wants through that matter to support the psychological forces of Accord Government by providing it with new fighters in light of regional and international alignment against it, as well as preparing for any future battle over Sirte, and the researcher talked about the expansion of Turkey’s presence in the brown continent, noting that "until the year 2002, the number of Turkish embassies in Africa was 12, and the number has now reached more than 50.

He explained that this heavy presence has special goals that Ankara aspires, among which are Turkey's desire to control the coasts, especially overlooking the Red Sea, and then found in Somalia, and previously tried with Sudan at the end of the reign of the ousted president Omar al-Bashir, with regard to the island of Suakin Sudanese.

Al-Sharq al-Awsat: Ambiguity and tension on the Lebanese-Israeli border

On the Lebanese issue, Al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper said: "Yesterday, the Lebanese-Israeli border witnessed a security tension that was shrouded in mystery, with conflicting statements between Tel Aviv and Hezbollah. After Israel announced a security incident at the border, its army spoke of thwarting an infiltration of "Hezbollah" in the Shebaa Hamlets that the party can return and deny this matter, pointing to clashes from one side, and vowing at the same time to respond to the killing of the leader who fell in Syria last week.

The area witnessed an intense flight of Israeli air force, carrying out mock raids.

After about two hours of tension, he came to deny Hezbollah, speaking about a state of terror in which the Israelis live due to his reaction to the killing of the leader Ali Kamel Mohsen in Syria, and he confirmed that there was no clash or shooting on his part, but rather it was only from one side, with His assertion that the response to Muhsin's killing was definitely coming.



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