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Turkey Is Making Final Preparations To Deploy F-16 Fighter Jets In Libya’s Al-Watiya Air Base


Turkey is making final preparations for the deployment of F-16 fighter jets in al-Watiya Air Base in western Libya, new satellite images revealed.

The images, which were shared by Twitter user Observer IL on December 10, revealed that two new aprons, each with marks for six aircraft, were painted on the eastern and western parts of the air base. Turkish troops are present in the air base, which is controlled by forces loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA).

Earlier this year, a number of reports revealed that Turkey wants permanent military presence in Libya. Ankara plans to establish an air base in al-Watiya as well as a naval base in the port city of Misrata.

Turkish forces have been rehabilitation al-Watiya Air Base for several months now, with several sources talking about a plan to deploy F-16 fighter jets in the airbase.

The Turkish Air Force operates more than 200 F-16 multirole fighter jets of the C and D variants. Ankara should have no problem deploying 12 or even more in Libya.Turkey Is Making Final Preparations To Deploy F-16 Fighter Jets In Libya’s Al-Watiya Air Base

In July, pinpoint strikes destroyed a Turkish MIM-23 Hawk air-defense system that was deployed in al-Watiya Air Base. However, Turkey didn’t back down and replaced the destroyed air-defense system within a few days, demonstrating its determination to stay in the air base.

The deployment of Turkish F-16 fighter jets in al-Watiya Air Base, if it happens, will tip the balance of power in Libya in favor of the GNA. Turkish military buildup in the war-torn country may soon lead to a new round of escalation between the GNA and the Libyan National Army.



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