Syrian Observatory: Turkey Intends to Transfer Syrian Mercenaries to Qatar – Al Marsad

Sources of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that the Turkish government plans to send 200 fighters from its loyal factions to Qatar early next year.

(Libya, 10 December 2020) — The Turkish intelligence has asked Al-Majd Corps and other loyal factions to prepare a list of 200 fighters, who took part in the battles of Libya and the Nagorno-Karabakh region and returned to Syria when their contracts expired, to dispatch them to Qatar to guard sports facilities and centres, AlMarsad has learned.

Syrian mercenaries are to be used to guard sports facilities and centres in Qatar.

According to sources of the SOHR, the fighters will receive a monthly salary ranging from US$1,500 to US$2,500.

“As Libya is experiencing a new political progress following the Libyan-Libyan agreement, the case of Turkish-backed mercenaries in Libya comes to the fore once again. Reliable sources have informed the Syrian Observatory that the return of Turkish-backed Syrian mercenaries has been suspended for over 20 days, since the latest batch arrived in Syria in mid-November. On the contrary, very reliable SOHR sources talk about Turkey’s intention to send a new batch of Syrian factions’ fighters to Libya in the next few days,” SOHR published on 5th December.

However, the number of Syrian mercenaries who arrived in Libya approximated 18,000, including 350 children under the age of 18, of whom 10,750 returned to Syria after completing the duration of their contracts and receiving their financial dues. The number of jihadists who were transported from Syria to Libya reached 10,000 of whom 2,500 are Tunisians, according to the SOHR.

The number of fatalities among the Turkish-backed Syrian factions in Libya has reached 496, according to the war monitor.

The SOHR obtained new details on Tuesday on the case of Turkish-backed Syrian mercenaries in Azerbaijan from several fighters who recently returned from the Nagorno-Karabakh region to Syria.

Al-Majd Corps

According to SOHR sources, the fighters who had returned to Syria received varying payments, as some were given US$3,500 and 600 TL, another group was given US$1,000 and 1,000 TL each, while some others were given two payments of an estimated 5,000 TL.

Furthermore, all the fighters confirmed that there were “unpaid sums of money” that were supposed to be given to these fighters in the next few days.

The SOHR sources added that the number of Syrian mercenaries killed in Azerbaijan exceeded the number of those killed in Libya, as the death toll of the Turkish-backed Syrian mercenaries in Azerbaijan has reached 541. In Libya, however, the death toll among Syrian fighters stands at approximately 468.

Nearly 825 fighters of the Turkish-backed factions are still in Azerbaijan, out of 2,580 fighters sent earlier by Turkish government. However, it is not known yet whether they will return to Syrian soon or Turkey will maintain them in Azerbaijan for the time being. Moreover, there might be more fatalities among the fighters, who are still in Azerbaijan, whose deaths have not been confirmed or documented yet by SOHR sources.

© Al-Marsad English (2020)