Dozens of Turkish-backed militants, who fought as mercenaries for Azerbaijan in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh last year, have held a protest in the occupied Syrian area of Afrin to demand their “rights”.
A video of the protest surfaced online on April 9. In the video, the militants, some of whom were disabled, acknowledge that they fought against Armenia. The militants go on to reveal that their salaries were stolen by Mohamad Jasim, also known as “Abu Amsha,” the leader of the Turkish-backed Suleyman Shah Division.
“We fought with the Turkish state in Karabakh,” one of the protestors says in the video. “We have dead and injured. Abu Amsha stole our salaries, we are dying from hunger.”
More than 2,500 Syrian mercenaries were deployed in Nagorno-Karabakh by Turkey, which backed Azerbaijan’s attack on Armenian forces in the region. The attack, which started on September 27, came to an end on November 9 with a Russian-brokered peace deal.
According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 514 mercenaries were killed by Armenian forces during the heated battle.
Syrian mercenaries were promised a monthly salary of up to $2000. However, many of them ended up receiving way less or even nothing at all.
Turkey has been using its proxies in Syria as a pawn to further its interests for a few years now. The militants continue to obey orders despite mistreatment from their commanders and Ankara’s carelessness.
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