The Media Center of the Libyan National Army (LNA) operations room announced on March 28 that a Turkish militant who fought in Syria for years was killed in Libya.
In an official statement, the center said the militant, known as Murat Polat, was killed during a failed attack on LNA positions around the country’s capital, Tripoli.
“The militias [forces loyal to the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA)] were pushed back, as a result they sustained heavy losses including this mercenary,” the statement reads.
Several sources claimed that Polat was killed along with five other Turkmen militants. All the claims on this matter are yet to be verified.
25-year old Polat, whose real name is Murat Canbolat Baki, is originally from the western Turkish province of İzmir, as Libyan sources claimed.
— Oded Berkowitz (@Oded121351) March 28, 2020
Polat was allegedly a member of Turkey’s far-right group, the Grey Wolves. He reportedly fought in Syria, taking part in the attack on the Kurdish area of Afrin in 2018 and later in battles in the northern Lattakia countryside.
In the last few months, Turkey deployed thousands of its Syrian proxies in Libya to support GNA forces. No previous report, however, mentioned that Ankara was also deploying far-right Turkish militants.
Turkey’s growing involvement in the Libyan is yet to result in any achievement. GNA forces launched many attacks with Turkish support over the last few weeks, all were foiled by the more capable LNA.