Egypt Authorizes Sending Troops to Libya to Counter Turkish Intervention

On Monday, Egypt’s parliament gave military junta leader Abdel Fattah el-Sisi approval to deploy troops abroad into neighboring Libya, following up a similar authorization from Libya’s Tobruk parliamentwhich is loyal to Gen. Khalifa Hafter and is seeking an intervention on their behalf.

This is the latest of Hafter’s several multi-year bids to take over Libya. A military dictatorship themselves, the Sisi junta has backed Hafter heavily, seeing it as a chance to install a friendly government on their border.

Egyptian airstrikes are common, but a direct ground invasion is hugely risky, because Turkey already has troops in Libya, and they are backing the alternative government in Tripoli. This looks tailor-made to be a proxy battle over Libya.

Egypt and Turkey have ideological differences, not just that Egypt is under military rule after a coup while Turkey’s coup failed. [Erdogan is Muslim Brotherhood, Sisi’s nemesis.] The two both have interests in the future of Libya, Turkey for the sake of oil and gas exploration.

It could be regionally complicated, as the Gulf Arab states generally back Egypt, and Hafter, and generally do not back Turkey. [They’re in a anti-MB cold war of their own, ie against Qatar.] The US also tends to favor Egypt, but Turkey is a NATO member, and Egypt is not.


  1. nick1111 says

    US and Israel are pushing Erdogan for invasion

    1. disqus_3BrONUAJno says

      Of what or whom?

  2. Grand Nagus Zek says

    turks will call for NATO, NATO will say no and sit on its hands

    so hopefully turkey, after it gets its ass kicked will leave both Libya and NATO.

    If so things could get better

    1. disqus_3BrONUAJno says

      Turkey is the only member of NATO with the Russian S-400 missile system, which can shoot down anyone else’s fighters jets except the Russian’s, which have countermeasures that can shut down our Aegis system. Read about the USS Donald Cook’s experience in the Black Sea. NATO became obsolete with the disillusion of the Soviet Union. We remain a member to act as an agent for MICIMATT.

  3. cechas vodobenikov says

    inevitable—as the turkey/amerikan imperialists have sought to hegemonies Arab peoples, typically using their vassals—ISIS, Kurds, Danes, etc, Arab nations have become more active in their support for the LNA and the Syrian govt—especially Egypt and UAE… expected the Saudi/israeli/turkey American ISIS types continue to attempt to genocide and steal resources from Libya, Syria, etc

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