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Erdogan Signs Bill To Deploy Turkish Troops In Libya

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Erdogan Signs Bill To Deploy Turkish Troops In Libya

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan made his comments during a speech to AK party members in Ankara on October 26. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed on January 3 a bill allowing the deployment of Turkish troops in Libya to support the Government of National Accord (GNA).

The bill was published in the Turkish government newsletter, Resmi GAzete. This means that the bill is now in force.

A day earlier, the bill was approved by the Turkish Grand National Assembly following four hours of discussions and negotiations.

Turkey has not revealed any information on the forces it may deploy in Libya. However, an Egyptian security source told the UAE-based al-Arabiya TV that Turkish troops may arrive in the north African country within two days.

The source also claimed that Ankara has approved an arms deal with GNA forces, including the sale of combat drones and air-defense systems. This is yet to be verified.

GNA forces, which control Tripoli, are now facing an attack by the Libyan National Army (LNA). Egypt and the UAE are supporting the army’s “decisive attack” on the capital, which began on December 12.

The clashes are now ongoing north of the strategic highway linking Tripoli’s city center with the international airport to the south of it.

Erdogan Signs Bill To Deploy Turkish Troops In Libya

Click to see full-size map. Source: (@Suriyakmaps) on Twitter.

Late on December, Turkey deployed hundreds of its Syrian proxies in Tripoli, which apparently helped pro-GNA forces to maintain their positions north of the highway.

The deployment of Turkish troops would allow GNA forces to hold onto the Libyan capital, or even grant them an advantage over the LNA in northern Libya. MORE ABOUT PROSPECTS OF THE TURKISH INTERVENTION HERE

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