Egypt Threatens Military Action in Libya, Parliament Approves Troop Deployment

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Egypt's parliament authorized the deployment of troops outside the country on Monday after the president threatened military action against Turkish-backed forces in neighboring Libya.

The parliament unanimously approved "the deployment of members of the Egyptian armed forces on combat missions outside Egypt's borders to defend Egyptian national security ... against criminal armed militias and foreign terrorist elements", it said in a statement.

The deployment would be made on a "western front" - a likely reference to western neighbour Libya. The move could bring Egypt and Turkey - which support rival sides in Libya's chaotic proxy war - into direct confrontation.

Egypt's House of Representatives, packed with supporters of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, approved the plan after a closed-door session where deputies discussed "threats faced by the state" from the west, where Egypt shares a porous desert border with war-torn Libya.

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