UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — At least 16 Turkish military and more than 100 mercenaries from Syria were killed in battles in the Libyan capital Tripoli, Sky News Arabia reports citing sources in the Libyan National Army (LNA) Marshal Khalifa Haftar.
Earlier, Haftar said in an interview with RIA that the Government of National Accord (PNS) and Ankara used the armistice to transfer mercenaries from Syria.
The day before, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey’s actions in Libya are in the national interest.
– Situation in Libya –
In 2011, an international coalition led by the United States and NATO conducted an operation in Libya , which resulted in the assassination of Muammar Gaddafi and the overthrow of the regime that has existed for more than 40 years. After that, an acute crisis reigns in the country.
In the east, in the city of Tobruk, the parliament is elected by the people. He is supported by the LNA led by Haftar. In the west, in Tripoli, there is a PNS formed with the support of the UN and the European Union, led by Fayez Sarraj.
Dual power and a collapse in the security system led to an increase in the activity of armed rebel groups and terrorist organizations. Due to the lack of centralized power and a unified army, Libya has become a smuggling center, as well as a transit point for illegal migrants from Africa to Europe.
Last April, Haftar launched an offensive on Tripoli to “liberate itself from terrorists.” Armed forces loyal to the government have announced the launch of the Volcano of Wrath response operation. In recent months, several hundred people have been killed in the region, thousands wounded.
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