It has been six months since Turkey entered the fray in war-torn Libya. In early January, the Turkish parliament, at the behest of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, voted on deploying troops to Libya to support the country’s Government of National Accord (GNA), the transitional body created in 2015 to govern the embattled nation.
Turkey’s military action has been framed from the start as an effort to prop up the GNA in the face of attacks by the Libyan National Army (LNA) under the control of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar. The LNA has stepped up attacks against GNA forces over the past year in a tremendous escalation of the long and costly Libyan civil war.
Libya's internationally recognised Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj is seen with Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak during their meeting in Tripoli, Libya June 17, 2020. (Turkish Foreign Ministry handout via Reuters)
Turkey's drilling vessel Fatih sails through Bosphorus as she leaves for the Black Sea in Istanbul, Turkey May 29, 2020. (Reuters)