Turkish state-owned TRT World is calling on the US to take a bigger role in Libya in line with Turkey's policy. This means, of course, by fully backing the Tripoli GNA government. The news-site mentions that the GNA recently invited the US to open a military base in Libya in order to counter Russia’s growing influence; Russia backs Haftar and the LNA and has supplied thousands of mercenaries with aerial, artillery and other advanced capabilities.
According to TRT, Washington recognises Libya’s strategic importance and Russia’s increasing attempts to take over the Libyan theatre, in order to gain leverage over Europe and NATO, but does little to enforce its interests. Trump, the news site claims, sees Libya more as a European problem and thus has taken a back seat. This allows Russia to strengthen its presence and exploit the political and military vacuum for its own interests.
TRT calls for Washington to fully back the GNA and use its diplomatic power to oppose international powers – especially Russia and the UAE – from intervening, while pushing Haftar to cease his assault – choosing the “democratic path” over “military dictatorship”.
It is clear that the state-owned Turkish news site has a clear agenda: to convince the US to back its side of the conflict and limit Haftar and his foreign supporters.
Turkey is, of course, half correct. A more concerted American effort to limit ALL foreign intervention would be helpful, including Turkey’s backing of the GNA. The US should take a stronger role in pushing Europe and the UN to clamp down on all arms shipments and mercenary activity in Libya. Although the US is seeking to limit its foreign military interventions, there is much it can do with diplomatic and economic tools without resorting to applying military force. Drying up the foreign assistance on BOTH sides would indeed be a major step to achieving stability in Libya.