In a possible bid to end the Libyan conflict, gain control over Libya’s resources, challenge the US authority in the Middle East, and retaliate against the US’ Libya Stabilization Act, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be deploying troops in the country.
Though several attempts have been made in the past to resolve the conflict and end the crisis, the war between General Khalifa Haftar and the Libyan Prime Minister, Fayez Sarraj still rages.
The civil war since 2014 has aggravated the Libyan economy to an extent that it would take years or maybe decades to get the country back on the track of progress and become a haven for investments and other possible sectors that aid in the development of the country.
The Libyan conflict has not only marred the country’s oil production but has also led to a significant drop in foreign exchange reserves from $124 billion in 2012 to $79.4 billion in 2017.
One of the other reasons that proves the deployment of Turkish troops in Libya is not the right decision is the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) is still struggling between working towards boosting the Libyan economy and curbing the nation-wide unrest.
While the presence of foreign troops in the country won’t go well with General Haftar, who is an accused war criminal, it may also aggravate the conflict. This would also make things much more difficult than they are now for the country’s economy, infrastructure, and the innocent civilians.
The ongoing Yemen crisis and the presence of Russian military in Venezuela are perfect examples that prove Libyan Conflict could see the same fate after the deployment of the Turkish troops.
Foreign interference in both Yemen and Venezuela has cast a catastrophic humanitarian crisis on the citizens, while pushing the country into the gorge of economic crisis and human rights violations.
If Erdogan decides against the warnings of the UN and the US, there is a high chance that things might not end well for Turkey as well.
After Turkey’s past attempts to come out of the US’ shadow and have its hold in the region, at the cost of losing the status of key NATO ally in the already unstable Middle East, any future events related to the deployment of the Turkish troops to resolve the Libyan conflict, may lead to sterner sanctions on Turkey, not only from the US but also from the UN.