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Turkey’s Erdogan Seeks One-Year Mandate to Send Troops to Libya

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Photographer: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government has formally asked parliament in Ankara for a one-year mandate to send troops to Libya, where the UN-recognized government is battling forces led by eastern commander Khalifa Haftar.

Turkey needs to take measures “against all threats and security risks” that endanger its national interests, according to the motion, which was signed by Erdogan on Monday. The proposal leaves the decision on the “limit, extent, amount and timing” of any deployment to the president himself and adds that the government of Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj has requested Turkish support.