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CEFTUS briefing on Turkish intervention in Libya

CEFTUS briefing on Turkish intervention in Libya

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09 January 2020

Turkish troops have been deployed to Libya, marking a significant escalation in a conflict already involving several international powers

  • Turkey is seeking to bolster the UN-backed administration in Tripoli against the internationally backed forces loyal to General Haftar
  • In doing so, Ankara hopes to strength its position in several regional disputes, most notably over the recent discovery of natural gas in the Eastern Mediterranean
  • The move further increases the risk of a military confrontation with other countries, including NATO and EU member Greece

Turkey has begun deploying troops to Libya at the request of the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli. The move comes after the intensification of fighting in recent weeks has put the GNA’s control of the country’s capital at risk, with the rival Libyan National Army (LNA) making a series of military gains…

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