Turkey had deployed a new batch of Syrian militants in Libya to support the Government of National Accord (GNA), the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on August 6.
“A new batch arrived [in Libya] in the past 48 hours, numbering about 300 fighters,” the SOHR’s report reads.
According to the London-based monitoring group, the newly-deployed militants are enlisted in the ranks of the Hamza Division, the Sultan Murad Division and the Suleyman Shah Division. The three Turkish-backed groups are a part of the so-called Syrian National Army.
Since last year, Turkey has deployed 17,300 Syrian militants, including 350 minors, in Libya to boost the capabilities of GNA forces.
The SOHR revealed in a recent report that Ankara had also transported 10,000 jihadists of different nationalities from Syria to Libya over the last few months. The jihadists included at least 2,500 Tunisians who were fighting in Syria.
The deployment of Syrian militants and jihadists allowed the GNA to repel the Libyan National Army large attack on the capital, Tripoli. Turkish-backed forces also secured important areas in northwestern and western Libya.
These achievements came at a high cost for Syrian militants. Around 481 militants, including 34 under the age of 18, have been killed in Libya, thus far.
The deployment of more Syrian militants indicates that Turkey and the GNA are preparing to resume operations soon. The town of Sirte and al-Jufrah Air Base will likely be the targets.