The visit of Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar to Qatar, which was announced on Sunday, and his reception by Prince Tamim bin Hamad raised several questions regarding the real goals of this visit that took place at a sensitive time, especially since it was probably linked to the Libyan file, which is witnessing successive developments at the political levels. And the military.
The "Libya Review" website pointed out that Hulusi Akar's surprise visit to Doha came one day after the Pentagon issued a report that revealed that Turkey sent between 3,500 and 3,800 "paid fighters" to support the militia of Al-Wefaq government, in reference to the mercenaries. The Syrians that Ankara transferred to Libya.
The American report confirmed the violations of the Turkish regime regarding the dispatch of Syrian mercenaries in Libya, something that had already been revealed by many previous local and international reports, but the issuance of the Pentagon report at that time represents an international embarrassment to Ankara at a time when international calls rejecting Turkish interference are increasing. in Lybia.
Over the past months, since Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced military intervention in Libya, Turkey has transferred thousands of Syrian mercenaries to Tripoli to support Al-Wefaq militias against the Libyan National Army.
And analyzes indicated, according to "Lebba Review", that the Pentagon report may have pushed Accar to visit Doha to meet the Emir of Qatar, and it may also be behind a shift in the Turkish view on the use of Syrian mercenaries in the Libyan war, and their replacement with other nationalities.
These analyzes regarding the possible orientation of the use of mercenaries from other nationalities, and their connection to the visit of the Turkish Minister of Defense, are based on the fact that Doha has always been a base for training Somali mercenaries, and a starting point for distributing these towards conflict areas in the Middle East.
A report published last August revealed that a number of Somali intelligence officers had received training in Doha, in what observers considered a country intervention in the security services of the Horn of Africa countries, with a view to exploiting them in different regions of Africa and the Middle East.
According to the "Libya Review", Turkey is now studying other options, which may include sending a number of Somali officers to support the national reconciliation government in Libya.
Translation: Adar Press.