Turkish parliament passes bill to send troops to Libya

By Sami Zaptia.

London, 3 January 2020:

The Turkish parliament approved a bill yesterday that allows the Recep Erdogan government to send troops to Libya.

The troops would aid the its ally, the internationally recognized Libyan government based in Tripoli fighting against the forces led by Khalifa Hafter. The decision comes after a request for help by the Faiez Serraj government based in Tripoli.

The Turkish parliamentary approval allows for the deployment of non-combatant troops to act as advisers and trainers.

The Whitehouse has reported that U.S. President Trump warned Erdogan in a phone call against ‘‘foreign interference’’ in Libya.

It will be recalled that Khalifa Hafter’s forces launched an attack on Tripoli on 4 April 2019 to free it from terrorists, Islamists and militias.


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