Amid fears of Libyan Civil War being aggravated due to the recently announced deployment of Turkish troops to aid the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Libya, an attack at the military academy on Saturday in Tripoli has claimed at least 30 lives, while injuring 33 others.
Even though Gen. Khalifa Haftar led Libyan National Army (LNA) has denied any involvement in the attack, the GNA-led forces carried out retaliatory airstrikes on the LNA airbase of Al-Wattia, killing the former’s four fighters.
Moreover, Turkey has begun to deploy its troops after the attack at the military academy, completely ignoring the warnings of the UN Security Council and the US.
While Turkey’s act of troop deployment is yet to face the wrath of the UN, the move clearly reveals the truth behind the deteriorating US-Turkey relations.
Turkey’s move has drawn criticism from Egyptian and Saudi Arabian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
While Egypt’s ministry claimed any foreign interference and presence of foreign troops will obstruct the path to attain peace in Libya, the Saudi ministry claimed that the act is a violation of the policies that the Security Council enacted and introduced.
It wouldn’t be wrong to consider the possibility that Turkey deployed its troop to Libya to come out of the US’ shadow, increase its hold in the Middle East and retaliate against the sanctions imposed for violation of NATO treaty and offensive against Syrian Kurdish fighters.
On the other hand, the attack on the military academy in Tripoli has led to the calls for immediate intervention from the UN Security Council and enactment of policies like the Libya Stabilization Act instead of the interference of Turkish troops to curb the Libyan Civil War.
The Libya Stabilization Act, introduced by the US lawmakers, will impose sanctions on those augmenting the crisis, furnish a report on the involvement of foreign governments and tackle the increasing Russian influence in the Middle-East.
The act, which is currently being referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship, is believed to pave the path for multiple policies that vary from ending Russia’s aid in providing arms and ammunition to stabilizing the MENA region.
Many believe the increasing Russian influence in the Middle-East and continuous aid in the form of humanitarian supplies, and arms and ammunition to the radical organizations quite possibly be another reason behind the ramping Libyan Civil War.
The recent series of events have brought grave concerns among the global markets, especially oil market, as Libya is one of the oil-rich nations in North Africa.