Free Syrian Army supporters have claimed that up to 16 of the armed group’s militants have been arrested by a Turkish-backed group in northern Syria for refusing to fight in Azerbaijan.
The claims say that the Turkish-backed Hamza Division in Afrin, located in the Aleppo countryside, has arrested 13 militants who refused to fight in Azerbaijan. According to the statements, up to 400 of the militants have refused to go.
Last week a video appeared online which it claims is an imam in northern Syria trying to recruit fighters to go to Azerbaijan.
The commentary at ‘@517design’ adds that the mercenaries recruited from the battlefields in Syria are being used as cannon fodder by Azerbaijan in its war against Karabakh, to reduce the number of casualties suffered by the Azeri army.
Related commentary disputes the figures that have been provided by the ‘Syrian Observatory on Human Rights’, which has said that the total number of Syrian mercenaries deployed to Azerbaijan is around 1450, out of which 78 have been killed.
However, earlier it was claimed by @Elizrael that approximately 150 dead bodies have been transferred back to Syria.
Statement from Free Syrian Army supporters, condemning arrest of 16 (AlMayadeen says 13) Syrians, who refused to go to #Azerbaijan. They say number of those who refuses is 400.
— ∎∎∎∎∎∎∎∎ ∎∎∎∎∎∎ (@517design) October 13, 2020
A related development indicates the possibility that the ‘Syrian ratline’ of mercenaries for hire may already have been tapped to foment terror and instability in other parts of the Caucasus.
On Tuesday, Ramzan Kadyrov, leader of Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Chechnya, claimed that the terrorists who were killed in a special operation in Grozny had come to Chechnya from Syria.
“Lately these “devils” have been in hiding outside Russia and they are holed up in Syria and other countries. Now after receiving an order from their Western sponsors, they came back and decided to carry out a number of terror attacks,” Kadyrov wrote.
According to Kadyroz, the four militants had been on a wanted list for a long time. The four gunmen opened fire on law enforcement officers in Grozny and were quickly neutralized. Two law enforcement officers were also killed in the confrontation, and another was wounded. LINK
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