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FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2020 file photo, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, shakes hands with Fayez Sarraj, the head of Libya's internationally-recognized government, prior to their meeting in Istanbul. Two Libyan militia commanders and a Syrian war monitor group say Turkey is deploying Syrian extremists to fight in Libya's civil war. These extremists are affiliated with groups like al-Qaida and the Islamic State. They're fighting as mercenaries on behalf of the United Nations-supported government in Libya. The Libyan sources told The Associated Press that Turkey has airlifted more than 2,500 foreign fighters into Tripoli, and that “dozens” are extremist-affiliated. (Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool, File)

Turkey says 2 Turkish soldiers killed in Libya

Feb. 25, 2020 4:57 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Two Turkish soldiers have been killed in fighting in Libya, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday as he also defended Ankara's move to also send Syrian opposition fighters to the North African country. Erdogan's remarks followed reports that as many as 16 Turkish...

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to the media after Friday prayers, in Istanbul, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020.  Erdogan expressed doubt that Khalifa Hifter, the head of the self-styled Libyan National Army, would abide by the cease-fire.

Turkey's Erdogan: Europe must back Libyan govt in Tripoli

Jan. 18, 2020 7:04 AM EST

Ankara (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on the European Union to support the internationally recognized Libyan government in Tripoli ahead of a summit in Berlin. In an article published on the Politico website Saturday, Erdogan said European leaders “ought to talk a little...

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, right, meets with Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter, second left, in Athens, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020.  The commander of anti-government forces in war-torn Libya has begun meetings in Athens in a bid to counter Turkey's support for his opponents. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Libya's rival military commander seeks support in Greece

Jan. 17, 2020 9:29 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The commander of forces fighting the U.N.-supported government in Libya visited Athens Friday in a bid to counter Turkey’s support for his opponents, ahead of a weekend summit on Libya in Berlin. Gen. Khalifa Hifter’s surprise trip to Greece came two days before the...

A car carrying Libyan eastern-based forces General Khalifa Hifter, center, leaves Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte's office in Rome, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. Hifter traveled to Rome on Wednesday on a previously unannounced visit to meet with Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte. An Italian government spokesman, Rocco Casalino, said Serraj was expected to meet with Conte later in the evening. (Fabio Cimaglia/LaPresse via AP)

Libya's east-based forces shoot down suggestion of a truce

Jan. 9, 2020 4:32 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A spokesman for one of Libya's rival factions has said its forces will keep fighting for the country's capital after Russia and Turkey called for a ceasefire yesterday. Spokesman for the self-styled Libyan Arab Armed Forces Ahmed al-Mosmari said in a video statement late Thursday that group's...

Libya's east-based forces say key coastal city captured

Jan. 6, 2020 5:34 PM EST

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libya's east-based forces said they captured the strategic coastal city of Sirte on Monday from the U.N.-recognized government in Tripoli. The announcement comes amid an a major offensive by the east-based forces to take Tripoli. The capital city is the seat of a rival Libyan...

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 1981 file photo, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat smiles at the start of the military parade in Cairo. Later, during the parade, Sadat was killed with eleven others when gunmen opened fire on the reviewing stand with automation weapons.   (AP Photo/Bill Foley, File)

Middle East long riven by killings of high-profile figures

Jan. 3, 2020 11:41 AM EST

Killings of major political and military figures have been a recurring factor in the modern Middle East, often presenting a defining moment and changing the contours of history in several instances. Whether carried out by a foreign or domestic attacker, the slayings — including some high-profile...

In this Sept. 23, 2019 photo, rescued migrants look at a map of Europe aboard the Ocean Viking humanitarian ship as it sails in the Mediterranean Sea. The misery of migrants in Libya has spawned a thriving and highly lucrative business, in part funded by the EU and enabled by the United Nations, an Associated Press investigation has found. (AP Photo/Renata Brito)

Making misery pay: Libya militias take EU funds for migrants

Dec. 31, 2019 3:15 PM EST

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — When the European Union started funneling millions of euros into Libya to slow the tide of migrants crossing the Mediterranean, the money came with EU promises to improve detention centers notorious for abuse and fight human trafficking. That hasn’t happened. Instead, the...

European money spawns more misery for migrants in Libya

Dec. 31, 2019 1:12 AM EST

When the European Union started funneling millions of euros into Libya to slow the tide of migrants crossing the Mediterranean, the money came with EU promises to improve detention centers notorious for abuse and fight human trafficking. Instead, the misery of migrants in Libya has spawned a thriving and highly...

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures as he addresses the members of his ruling party, in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019. Erdogan says Thursday his government will submit a bill to parliament that would allow Turkey to send troops to Libya, in support of the U.N.-backed government there. Erdogan said the Libyan government, which controls the capital, Tripoli, has

Libyan official: Turkish troops unwanted, destabilizing

Dec. 28, 2019 12:53 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Turkey's willingness to dispatch troops to Libya is “unacceptable" and such a move would constitute unwanted meddling in the affairs of a friendly country, the speaker of the North African country's parliament said Saturday. Aguila Saleh said in a joint statement with his...