Erdoğan winning in Libya as war turns in favour of Tripoli - Bloomberg

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has scored a rare foreign policy victory as Turkey-backed Libyan forces have won a string of recent military successes in the country's ongoing civil war, Bloomberg said on Thursday.

Libya has been divided since 2014 between warring factions. The Libyan National Army (LNA), led by General Khalifa Haftar, last year launched a military campaign with support from Russia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates to topple the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA).

Erdoğan lent GNA military support last year when it was on the brink of defeat. Now, the GNA has pushed Haftar's forces back and has even begun besieging LNA's military bases.

"The contest for Libya is a long way from over. At least for now, however, Erdoğan can savour some quiet — and rare — satisfaction from a foreign-policy call that seems to be going right," Bloomberg said.

However, Erdoğan is still a long way from being able to declare victory in Libya. A total success would require far greater Turkish resources, but the Turkish president is feeling the strain from the coronavirus outbreak and a crippled economy, Bloomberg said.