Turkish lawmakers have passed a bill allowing the country to deploy troops to war-torn Libya. The move is aimed at shoring up the UN-recognized government in Tripoli against rebel-leader Khalifa Haftar and his so-called Libyan National Army.
Forces loyal to the UN-backed government have scored a series of victories against Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar with the help of Turkish drones. UN officials said warring parties have now agreed to ceasefire talks.
The US has identified over a dozen Russia warplanes in Libya, marking Moscow's first direct venture into the North African country. Experts say it is part of a larger Russian plan to expand its influence in the region.
The commander of the Libyan National Army said his forces had a "popular mandate" to rule Libya. He also declared an official end to a UN-brokered political agreement that attempted to establish a unity government.
The Turkish government said it would consider forces loyal to general Khalifa Haftar "legitimate targets" if they didn't stop attacks on diplomatic missions. The UN has warned that Haftar's may have committed war crimes.
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