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Number Of Syrians Killed In Libya Rises Again As Turkey Withholds Militants’ Salaries

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Number Of Syrians Killed In Libya Rises Again As Turkey Withholds Militants' Salaries

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The number of Syrian militants who were killed fighting for the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Libya has risen to 165, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) revealed on April 5.

According to the London-based monitoring group, nine militants from the Mu’tasim Division, the Sultan Murad Division, the Northern Hawks Brigade, the al-Hamza Divsion and the Suleyman Shah Brigade were killed during clashes with the Libyan National Army (LNA).

“According to the observatory’s sources, the dead [militants] were killed during clashes on the axes of Salah Al-Din neighborhood south of Tripoli, the Ramla axis near Tripoli airport and the axis of the al-Hadba project, also in the battles of Misrata and other areas in Libya,” the SOHR’s report reads.

Earlier this week, the bodies of six militants who were killed in Libya arrived in the Turkish-occupied part of the northern Aleppo countryside.

Turkey deployed thousands of its Syrian proxies in Libya over the last few months to support pro-GNA forces, which are facing an all-out attack by the LNA.

Initially, Syrian militants were promised a monthly salary of up to $2,000. However, they are yet to be paid. According to the SOHR, Ankara is still withholding the salaries of its proxies for unknown reasons. This is leading to serious tension among the militants.

The intervention in Libya is yet to result in any achievement for Turkey. In fact, Ankara appear to be getting dragged to a lost battle in the war-torn country.

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  • Saso Mange

    SOHR London. One man company.

    • Vitex

      Does good t-shirts by all accounts.

      • Saso Mange

        “We BS for money” logo on those shirts.

  • Tudor Miron

    One should not call this jihadi mercenaries Syrians. That’s an insult to Syrian nation.

    • FlorianGeyer

      I agree, Tudor.
      Its akin to the US flu origins in 1918 that infected the world,and that the Yanks named the ‘Spanish Flu’ as an insult to Spain.

      • Xanatos

        Good point.

        The flu actually began in France, on the western front. But neither France, nor America, nor Britain wanted to let anyone know about it because soldier’s morale was already extremely low. So these three countries censored it.

        Spain, which had little or no part in the fighting had no media censor, and many Americans found out about the flu from Spanish sources. Hence the name, Spanish influenza.

        • FlorianGeyer

          The epidemic began in the military camps in France , BUT the infections began in the USA and travelled initially to France on US troopships and then exploded into an epidemic and pandemic after that.

    • Xoli Xoli

      Erdogan terrorists or Turkey paid terrorists. OR Muslim and Arab killers.

  • SnowCatzor

    These fighters must have been really desperate for money to take up Erdogan’s fool’s-errand. Once they’re in Libya they’ll have to do what they’re told, as they have little means of escaping if the paycheck doesn’t come through. They’re nothing but expendable cannon-fodder to throw at the LNA anyway.

  • Vitex

    Hmm… I know these headchoppers are dumb, but sooner or later they’re going to figure that Turkey is playing them. Which will be interesting.

  • Vitex

    Here’s an idea – SAA should offer amnesty to any headchoppers active in Libya – although I’m not sure I’d want any of those neckbeards anywhere near me if I were in the SAA