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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Libyan National Transitional Council Chairman Mustafa Abdel Jalil attend Friday prayers in Tripoli

Turkey’s moves on the Libyan chessboard

Turkey provides considerable assistance to the Libyan Government of National Accord in its war against the Libyan National Army in the hope of gaining access to the oil-rich Mediterranean Basin. More than religious sentiment, it is Prime Minister Erdogan’s wish to see Turkey become a key player in the region that drives this continuous involvement. If Field Marshal Haftar strikes back against Ankara, the latter could seek a rapid and brutal resolution of the conflict.

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