Military Capabilities

Turkey deploys troops to Libya

10 January 2020

Turkey has begun deploying military personnel and hardware in support of Libya's Government of National Accord (GNA), President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has confirmed.

"There will be an operation centre, there will be a Turkish lieutenant general leading, and they will be managing the situation over there. [Turkish soldiers] are gradually moving there right now," Erdoğan said in an interview with CNN Türk on 5 January.

He stated that the role of the Turkish personnel would not be involved in combat, but would co-ordinate the resistance to the Libyan National Army (LNA) faction that is attempting to capture Tripoli and oust the GNA.

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