More than 1,400 Turkish-backed Syrian militants have returned from Libya, where they fought for the Government of National Accord (GNA), the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on September 26.
The UK-based monitoring group said the Syrian militants returned from Libya after fulfilling their contracts. All of them were fully paid. Previous reports revealed that the militants were promised up to $2,000 a month.
Turkey has deployed more than 18,000 Syrian militants, including 350 children, in Libya since last year to support GNA forces.
Syrian militants participated in a series of attacks against the Libyan National Army (LNA). Their support enabled GNA forces to make significant achievements in western and northwestern Libya earlier this year.
Now, after the implementation of a nationwide ceasefire in Libya, many militants are returning to Syria. According to the SOHR, 8,500 militants have returned to their country, thus far.
The GNA and the LNA are today closer than ever to a political settlement. Russia and Turkey are reportedly facilitating peace efforts in Libya by working to withdraw all foreign fighters supporting both sides.
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