Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is getting a taste of his own medicine. His condemnation of United State’s role in Syrian Civil War has mirrored Turkey’s involvement in the Libyan Civil War.
He had termed America’s role as interference and said that America has no right to ‘ an active role in the Syrian civil war, a conflict that is playing out right on Turkey’s border and whose impact is felt little in the distant United States.’
But currently, the scale of Ankara’s military support to the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) has not gone unnoticed. As a result, the same questions are being raised about Turkey’s involvement in the Libyan civil war.
Turkish support, confirmed reports states, includes shipments of armored vehicles and military drones that have helped save the GNA from an onslaught by the rival Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Khalifa Haftar that threatened to capture the country’s capital city this year.
Ankara’s support for the Islamist-rooted GNA is one of many foreign policy decisions that have placed it on opposite sides to Egypt and its Gulf state allies, leading some analysts to describe the Libyan conflict as a regional proxy war.
The country has been plagued by a succession of political crises since Gaddafi’s fall. Turkey’s involvement in Libya came to the fore particularly after 2014, when the Islamist elements comprising theGNA refused to concede defeat in elections, leading to the formation of a rival government in Tobruk backed by Haftar’s army.
The reasons for Turkey’s backing of the GNA are complex, but a number of scenarios and explanations stand out.