LIBYAPROSPECT – Editorial
Some official Egyptian media had circulated news accusing the Qatari intelligence services of preparing a list of Libyan army officers to be assassinated by the hands of Libyan officials and politicians.
The Egyptian website “Al-Youm 7” published that the former head of The Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), Abdul-Hakim Belhaj, his former deputy, Khaled Al-Shareef, and the head of Libyan Intelligent Services, Mustafa Nooh, prepared the mentioned list.
It is worth mentioning that the LIFG does not exist anymore and its former leader, Belhaj, is a civic activist since more than five years ago. Belhaj is also one of the principal participants in the Libyan dialogues.
It is also significant to say that Al-Shareef is one of the leading officers who is working as a security officer in Tripoli and participated in dialogues to bring Libyan factions together away from violence.
Regarding Nooh, it is well known that he is originally an army officer, and now he is the head of intelligence services in Libya.
On the other hand, the general command of the army affiliated to the House of Representatives, General Khalifa Haftar, refuses the outcomes of the Libyan Political Agreement (PA), which brought the Presidential Council (PC) to the power under the leadership of Fayez Al-Sarraj.
Haftar, who attacked the crescent petroleum region, last week, was backed by the Egyptian army to control the oil ports in Libya. The attack had confused the PC as Al-Sarraj expressed that he didn’t like it. The PC and the PA members are now trying to resolve the problem.
According to all of the above, observers say that Haftar must be accused to prepare the list of the army officers to be assassinated although these officers are originally affiliated to the Operation “Dignity” under the leadership of Haftar.
The Egyptian media tried to involve Qatar and Turkey by saying that they are working to raise sedition between Haftar and the people of Barqa (Cyrenaica) by assassinating big military personalities.
The observers stated that the Egyptian intelligence services leaks came after Hafter tended to exclude some military figures that have tribal influence, such as Faraj Al-Barasy, Abdul-Jawad Al-Badeen, Khaled Bu-Lagheeb, El-Mahdi El-Barghathi, and others.
The observers think that Haftar is trying to get rid of mentioned officials and others to enable himself to rule Barqa with no opposition from inside the tribes.
Another close source, who wanted to keep anonymous, said that the Egyptian Intelligence Services had leaked fabricated reports to accuse Turkey and Qatar of preparing the list.
The same source added that the Egyptian Intelligence Services wanted to use the false reports as a cover to let Haftar carry out a full and significant assassinations operation, then to accuse Qatar and Turkey.
In the same context, Emirati-Affairs website said that sources reported that the Egyptian intelligence services and Mohamed Dahlan had advised Haftar to prepare for the series of assassinations against political and army leaders.
The sources confirmed that the list contains names of military officers, who originally affiliated to the Operation “Dignity,” which is led by Haftar, to evacuating the way for himself only.
The sources told Emirati-Affairs website that Haftar’s followers are starting last April to get the list ready. The reason for that is to get rid of any leader has supporters on the eastern side of Libya, especially amongst the federalists who support the Operation “Dignity” and any leaders in Zintan in the western mountain.
The report said that if the operations of assassinations are failed, then the listed officers would be attacked on media that supports Haftar. The report published some of the names of the listed personalities, who are nearly 30 officials.
The list included Ibrahim and Salem Jadhran, Abu-Bakr Buera, Bashir Bu-Dhafeera, Zeyad Dughaim, Fathi El-Majbari, Omar Tantoush, El-Ajmi Al-Ateri, Khaled Bu-Lagheeb, El-Mahdi El-Barghathi, Wanis Bu-Khamada, and others.