Turkish military units moving to Libya


President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkish military units started moving to Libya to support Fayez al-Serraj’s internationally-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli.

Turkey’s parliament approved a bill providing for the deployment of troops in Libya to protect Ankara’s interests in North Africa and the Mediterranean and help achieve peace and stability in Libya.

“There will be an operations centre in Libya, there will be a Turkish lieutenant general leading and they will manage the situation there. Turkish soldiers are gradually moving there right now,” Erdogan said in an interview with CNN Turk.

The GNA last month requested Turkish support as it fends off an offensive by General Khalifa Haftar’s forces, backed by Russia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan.

GNA officials and forces allied with government declined to comment on the arrival of Turkish troops.

Senior Turkish military personnel will co-ordinate with combatant forces in Libya and provide training and expertise on the ground, Erdogan said.

“There will be different units as combatant forces they will not be from our military. Our top-level military personnel will co-ordinate the situation,” he added, without elaborating.