Erdogan: Turkey Will Send Troops to Libya Next Month

Vows to give 'all forms of support' against Hafter

Speaking on Thursday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed that Turkey will be sending ground troops and “advanced weapons” to Libya, saying that the deployment is expected at some point in January.

Erdogan made a military deal with the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) recent to get a military base inside the country, and certain maritime access rights to look for offshore oil and gas.

Erdogan now promises to give “all forms of support” to the GNA in fighting against Gen. Khalifa Hafter and his self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA). In siding with the GNA, Turkey risks a blowback from Hafter supporters, including Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Jordan.

The GNA has confirmed they will extend an invitation for Turkish troops. Erdogan indicated that Turkish parliament will pass a bill authorizing the troop deployment n January 8 or 9. The exact number of troops is unclear.

Author: Jason Ditz

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