Egypt and UAE Establish Libya Naval Commando Unit To Counter Turkish Naval Interests In Mediterranean

March 09: A special naval commandos unit made of of dozens of Libyan fighters has been setup with the help of the UAE to carry out operations against Turkey’s naval interests in the Mediterranean, sources told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed. 

Egyptian and Libyan sources revealed the new squad’s mission includes blocking the naval route that Turkey uses to send military aid to the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli.

Libyan forces had been sent to Egypt to receive training at the hands of its navy, the sources added. This special marine operations squad, which consists of around 50 fighters, will reportedly be joined by a second batch of commandos who are currently receiving their training at an Egyptian naval base.

The sources also revealed that the UAE has been aiding Egypt in this training campaign by proving boats to militias in eastern Libya, operating under the rival government led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar. The naval operations conducted by the fighters against Turkish interests will be supervised by Egyptian military experts before the tasks are completely handed over to Haftar’s naval officers, it was reported.

Source / Full Article: Middle East Monitor

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