Turkish troops, along with Turkey-aligned Syrian rebels, have now been sent to Libya.
They have been sent to defend Fayez al-Serraj’s government in Tripoli in western Libya. Russian forces are also in Libya — supporting General Khalifa Haftar’s rival administration based in Benghazi in the east.
There has been continuous civil strife throughout Libya since the overthrow of Colonel Gadaffi in 2011. The most recent episode began in April 2019, when General Haftar launched an attack on Tripoli.
Haftar has been a central figure in Libyan politics for over fifty years, taking part in Gadaffi’s coup