Geography of Africa
Defense Minister Hulusi Akar has warned that the forces of Khalifa Haftar and their supporters based in eastern Libya would be viewed as "legitimate targets" if they attempted to attack Turkish forces in the region.
Speaking during a visit to Turkish troops in Tripoli on Dec. 26, Akar said Haftar had recently started making calls targeting Turkish forces in Libya.
The Turkish parliament on Dec. 22 approved a motion calling for an extension in troop deployment in Libya for another 18 months.
While the ruling AKP, and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) backed the motion, the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), and Good (İYİ) Party voted against it.
A report by Greek security and intelligence services highlights the existence of an organized network behind migrant transfers from Somalia to Greece via Istanbul.
The network is said to include the Turkish Consulate, Erdogan Hospital and City University in Mogadishu, as well as Turkish-based Islamic nongovernmental organizations.