On March 2nd, Turkey’s nightmare scenario appears to be becoming reality, as a delegation allied to Libyan National Army’s (LNA) Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar visited Damascus, Syria.
In the meeting, Libyan Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Abdul-Hadi al-Hawaij met with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem in Damascus.
Al-Hawaij said “Syria is an important, effective and key state in the region despite of all circumstances facing it and terrorism will not undermine it as it is able to overcome all the crises thanks to the resilience of its people, the heroism of its army and the wisdom of its leadership.”
Al-Hawaij noted that one of the most important goals of the visit to Syria is to exchange information on thousands of terrorists and mercenaries who have been transferred by Erdogan from northern Syria to Libya backed by Qatar “the financial arm of all the operations in this regard.”
The delegation was also received by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
BREAKING | President #Assad received today in #Damacus the Libyan interim government delegation headed by Vice President Abdel Rahman Al-#Hirish, Foreign Minister Abdulhadi Al-#Hweij, and Major-Gen. Younes #Farhat. #Libya #Syria pic.twitter.com/pCxFCTb9I0
— صحيفة المرصد الليبية (@ObservatoryLY) March 2, 2020
President Assad received the delegation from Libya headed by Deputy Prime Minister Abdul Rahman Al-Aheresh, and Abdul Hadi Alhweij Minister for foreign affairs and international cooperation.
On the Syrian side, Muallem said diplomatic missions would be reopened in Damascus and the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, controlled by Haftar’s forces.
The two sides also pledged to coordinate to “confront Turkish interference and aggression against both countries”.
Meanwhile, on the ground in Libya, the LNA appears to be making gains against the Government of National Accord’s (GNA) forces.
Another UAV, presumably Turkish was shot down in southern Tripoli.
Libyan National Army #LNA Air defense platforms target a Turkish UAV that took off from the military base of Maitiga, and shot it down at the Al-Khala axis #Tripoli. after it attempted to target the positions of our military units in the area.#Libya pic.twitter.com/tWE4mZQHZt
— M.LNA (@LNA2019M) March 2, 2020
It seems that one of the recently downed Turkish UCAVs was the one signed by Erdogan personally.
Shelling of the Mitiga airport with Grad rockets also continued.
The LNA reported that it had knocked out the MIM-23 HAWK Systems that Turkey deployed at the Mitiga airport.
There were heavy clashes in Ain Zara, eastern Tripoli.
And the LNA is also advancing from the area of the Tripoli International Airport.
The GNA attempted to destroy the vehicle used by the LNA to launch GRAD rockets, but to no avail.
Heavy clashes are on-going in many positions in and around Tripoli, but so far it appears that the LNA is managing to gain the upper hand, as Turkey’s support of the GNA proves entirely ineffective.
Turkey’s role, currently, is sending drones that are being destroyed, militants who are taking part in presumed operations with unclear results. The information network’s efforts, however, are working in a way similar to that in Syria – there are reports of LNA fighters being killed, but little evidence to back them up.