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Commander threatens to target Turkish forces in Libya – AP

CAIRO (AP) — A Libyan commander who launched an offensive last year to capture the capital Tripoli from the U.N.-recognized rival government threatened Thursday to use force against Turkish troops if Ankara doesn’t stop interfering in the war-stricken North African country. Khalifa Hifter’s comments came in response to the Turkish parliament’s decision to extend for …

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Libya’s east-based forces seize Turkish-owned vessel – ABC News

Forces of a Libyan commander who rules the eastern half of the country and who was behind a year-long military attempt to capture the capital have seized a Turkish vessel heading to the western town of Misrata. CAIRO — Forces of a Libyan commander who rules the eastern half of the country and who was …

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Turkey and Russia’s deepening roles in Libya complicate peace efforts – The Guardian

Plans for a durable Libyan ceasefire are to be endorsed by diplomats from 15 countries on Monday, but the value of the commitments made in the virtual meeting are belied by signs that deepening involvement in the country by rival external powers including Russia and Turkey could complicate efforts to form an interim government of …

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The Logic Beyond Lausanne: A Geopolitical Perspective on the Congruence between Turkey’s New Hard Power and its Strategic Reorientation – Insight Turkey

Turkey’s new expeditionary capability, resting on enhanced naval capacity and new forward bases, is the logical result of Turkey’s post-Cold War strategic reorientation. Moving beyond the Cold War framework, Turkey’s strategic goal is to become an interregional power that will set the terms for a new pattern of connectivity between Europe, Africa and Asia. ‘Reclaiming’ …

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U.N. says Libya arms embargo a ‘joke’, demands accountability – Reuters

“The arms embargo has become a joke, we all really need to step up here,” U.N. Deputy Special Representative to Libya Stephanie Williams said after a meeting of foreign ministers to follow up on a Berlin summit last month that agreed to uphold the embargo. Fighting has continued despite a call for a truce. “It’s …

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France asks to join Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum – Reuters

CAIRO (Reuters) – France has asked to join the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum, which aims to develop the region’s gas market, Egypt’s petroleum ministry said on Thursday. The forum held its third meeting on Thursday in Cairo after being set up last year as part of efforts to transform the Eastern Mediterranean into a major …

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Why Erdogan’s so quiet about Turkish expansion in Africa – Al-Monitor

As the diplomatic tug-of-war between the United States and Turkey escalates, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is lining up new friends. In early August, Erdogan’s 100-day action plan identified new markets in China, Mexico, India and Russia. It did not mention Africa, despite the “African continent opening” Erdogan sought in the early 2000s. Frequent headlines in the mainstream media have …

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