Pro-Turkey Syrian Militants Warn Counterparts Not To Come to Libya – Al Marsad

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) continues to monitor and follow up on the transfer of militants by Turkey from Syria to Libya to support militias backed by the Government of National Accord (GNA).

[Libya, 29 March 2020] – In a statement on Sunday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said that resentment prevailed among Syrian militants brought into Libya because Turkey failed to fulfil its promises, leaving them in miserable conditions.

The SOHR transmitted an audio recording of one of the mercenaries in Libya, in which he indicated they all regretted coming to Libya and getting involved in the conflict in the country. He called on those wishing to go to Libya to withdraw their decision because the situation was not good. “The Turks failed to pay our dues amounting to USD 2,000 per month,” said the militant.

He added: “Turkey paid only one month’s salary and then nothing. We stay home most of the time with nothing, not even cigarettes. We cannot leave the house because the area is filled with cells belonging to Haftar’s forces and all of us want to return to Syria. Actually, many are preparing to return through the Sham Legion.”

Recently, the SOHR reported the killing of more members of the pro-Ankara Syrian factions in battles with the Libyan National Army (LNA) in several parts of the country. The SOHR indicated that the past few days saw the killing of eight militants who Turkey then moved to the Syrian territory and buried in the areas controlled by the ‘Euphrates Shield’ factions in the Aleppo countryside. The death toll among the pro-Turkish factions in the military operations in Libya has reached 151 according to SOHR.

The LNA forces also captured a Syrian militant from among the mercenaries Turkey has sent to Libya.

It is noteworthy that the militants killed belonged to the factions of Al-Mutasim Brigade, the Sultan Murad Brigade, the Northern Falcons, Al-Hamzat and Suleiman Shah Brigade. According to the SOHR sources, they fell during the clashes on the axes of Salah Al-Din neighborhood south of Tripoli, Al-Ramla near Tripoli Airport, and Al-Hadaba Project, in addition to the battles in Misrata and other regions in Libya.

A few days ago, the SOHR published the news that the Turkish side reduced the salaries of the recruited Syrian fighters sent to fight in Libya, after they exceeded the limit set by Turkey of 6,000. The SOHR has also recently monitored the increase of conscripts who arrived in Tripoli to about 4,750 mercenaries while another 1,900 arrived at the Turkish camps for training.

© Al Marsad English (2020)