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Turkey swears Defense Minister "heavy" reprisals for attacks in Libya



<img class = "js-image-replace" alt = "Clouds of smoke escaping from Tajoura airstrikes south of Tripoli on June 29th. The Haftolis Tripoli offensive

Turkey says it will "act in the most effective and strongest way" against all threats by the army of Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar.

The warning came after the Genyan Libyan National Army announced it was attacking Turkish ships in Libyan waters and targeting Turkish companies.

The LNA controls most of the east and south of Libya and launched an offensive against the internationally recognized government in April.

Turkey supports the Libyan government.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stated that his country is supplying arms and drones to the Government of the Tripoli National Agreement (GNA), headed by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj.

He said Turkish support helped rebalance the fight against Gen. Haftar, who has support from the UAE and Egypt.

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Media Title Libya Crisis: The fight over Tripoli from the front explains attacks on Turkish interests.

On Thursday, the GNA retook the strategic city of Gharyan, a main supply base for the Gen Haftar forces in their Tripoli offensive.

Libya has been torn apart by violence and division since long-time ruler Muammar Gaddafi was deposed and killed in 201

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