Turkey’s Islamist meddling in Libya conflict

Source:Ahval News Date:16Apr2019

A rare article explaining Turkey’s position in the escalating Libyan civil war

With the civil war in Libya heating up once again, Turkey’s role there may become significantly more important.

Turkey supported the NATO operation that helped a popular armed uprising depose Colonel Muammar Gaddafi back in 2011. Since then, Turkey’s policy toward Libya’s subsequent civil war has diverged substantially from that of its Western allies and most Arab states.

Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, France and Russia support the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by General Khalifa Haftar from the country’s eastern city of Tobruk. Turkey and Qatar, on the other hand, have thrown their lot in behind Haftar’s rival, the Government of National Accord (GNA), in the capital Tripoli.