Lessons from the Syrian war: Turkey urges to prevent Russian supremacy in Libya's skies

The military presence in Libya is one of the most important foreign policy initiatives in the history of Turkey, the Turkish newspaper Sabah writes.

Turkey's future depends on the situation in Libya. What is happening there can have a great impact on the entire Mediterranean and the Middle East. Many countries are now forging alliances in Libya, making extensive use of hybrid warfare.

The use of Turkish drones changed the course of the war, but there are countries that are trying to prevent Turkey. First of all, we are talking about Russia and Egypt. Moscow has already transferred dozens of combat aircraft to Libya, and the Egyptian parliament has approved the deployment of its army in the neighboring country.

Ankara doubts that the Egyptian military will be so brave that they decide to measure their strength with the Turks on the battlefield. There is no need for Turkey to exaggerate the military power of the Egyptians by examining the number of tanks, guns and soldiers. The decisive factor in hybrid conflicts is not numbers, but the ability to handle those conflicts and experience. In this regard, the Egyptian army does not appear to be very successful.

Most likely, Egypt will rely on its air force to try to shoot down Turkish drones with planes. The lessons of the war in Syria have well demonstrated that air superiority is key. Russia, having seized the Syrian sky, actually banned the Turkish Air Force from accessing it. Therefore, Turkey should send its F-16s to Libya in order to prevent the superiority of the Russians and Egyptians in the skies.

Experts say the Al-Watia base is not good enough to host such aircraft and the deployment of the F-16 there could be dangerous.

It's true. The presence of aircraft there can be associated with technical difficulties and risks. But Russia and other countries are facing the same problems. Geography affects them in the same way. If Turkey does not want to lose its air advantage, it must take this risk. Otherwise, Ankara will lose everything that it has managed to achieve during this time.
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  1. alexey alexeyev_2 (Alexey Alekseev) 23 July 2020 21: 46
    For some reason in Russia all stupid people are called Turks ...
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  3. Dmitry S. Offline Dmitry S.
    Dmitry S. (Dmitry Sanin) 23 July 2020 23: 21
    Disrespect for the reader is an illiterate article.
  4. boriz Offline boriz
    boriz (boriz) 24 July 2020 00: 43
    Finding aircraft there can be technically challenging and risky. But Russia and other countries are facing the same problems. Geography affects them in the same way.

    Russia is not directly involved there, and Egypt is by no means overseas, just look at the map. And, in this case, they act in concert. The French in this conflict are also against Turkey, they can bring their "De Gaulle" (if he is afloat) if necessary. But anything can happen to Turkish ships and vessels. The Turks got involved in the conflict, no one will smash them. Any blitzkrieg must take place within 100 days. If not, resources, with which Turkey has problems, have an impact.
    Erdogan got involved in a war against everyone, so he has no positive scenario.
  5. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 24 July 2020 08: 45
    The Turkish airfield in Libya is no less vulnerable than the Russian airfield in Syria. At any moment, an unidentified flock of drones or unidentified militants can launch at the Turks. And how will Turkish airfield services shoot them down?
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  7. vladimir mudov Offline vladimir mudov
    vladimir mudov (vladimir mudov) 24 July 2020 12: 13
    Without a doubt, Turkey will be able to "curb" Egypt and Russia in Libya, then "throw" Russia out of Syria and Armenia! Russia has only 16 drones, the size of a letter envelope, which were made for the Army by Zyuganov's pioneers in circles "skillful hands"! "Dolbiki" from numerous design bureaus cannot create drones! Well, they can't, that's all! All the smartest that they could design was a worthless "Shell", which has not shot down a single drone in Syria in 4 years, not to mention military aircraft, of the same Turkey! That's how we live! But we have a million tanks of 524 modifications! Hip, hip, hurray!
    1. Joker62 Offline Joker62
      Joker62 (Ivan) 24 July 2020 14: 57
      And what can you do yourself?
      You have the smell of hatred for everything Russian ... go wash and wash off your hate filth ...
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