A batch of Syrian militants has arrived in Turkey in preparation for a possible deployment in Libya or other countries, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on April 3.
According to the London-based monitoring group, around 380 militants were taken to Turkey in the last few days. Libya is the most likely end destination.
Despite recent reports of a US-Turkish agreement to pull out all Syrian mercenaries from Libya, the withdrawal is yet to happen. Thousands of mercenaries are still in the country.
The SOHR said that the withdrawal of Syrian militants from Libya has been on halt for a while. The militants are upset for several reasons. Meanwhile Turkey is not providing any explanation.
“The Turkish side is still dodging and maneuvering with the withdrawal file, amid continued dissatisfaction by the fighters present there, especially since their conditions are very bad in terms of not getting their salaries and their strong desire to return,” the group said in a report.
Turkey has deployed more than 18,000 militants in Libya since 2019 in order to support the now-dissolved Government of National Accord.
Despite the recent progress in the intra-Libyan peace talks and the formation of a new unified government, Turkey is yet to back down. Ankara is reportedly planning to keep its forces in the war-torn country for the long term. This will hinder the peace process.
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