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Turkey will send troops to Libya at the request of Tripoli as soon as next month, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday, putting the North African country’s conflict at the center of wider regional frictions.

Libya’s internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli has been struggling to fend off Gen. Khalifa Hifter’s forces, which have been supported by Russia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Jordan.

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