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Turkey Deploys More Syrian Militants In Libya As Many Return In Coffins

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Turkey Deploys More Syrian Militants In Libya As Many Return In Coffins

Fighters loyal to the internationally recognised Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), the Libyan capital Tripoli on January 12, 2020. (Photo by Mahmud TURKIA / AFP) (Photo by MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP via Getty Images)

Turkey has deployed dozens more Syrian militants in Libya, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) revealed on April 23.

“Turkey continues to transfer mercenaries to Libya to fight alongside the National Accord Government (GNA) in its battles with the Libyan National Army (LNA) … The Syrian Observatory has monitored the arrival of a new batch of dozens of fighters from pro-Ankara factions to Libya,” the monitoring group said in a report.

According to the UK-based monitoring group, the total number of Syrian militants deployed in Libya has risen to 5,300. Around 2,100 others are currently receiving training in Turkey ahead of deployment.

Meanwhile, more and more Syrian militants return from Libya in coffins. In the last few days only, at least nine were killed while they were fighting on the side of the Turkish-backed GNA.

The SOHR revealed that a total of 199 Turkish-backed Syrian militants have been killed in Libya, so far. The number is expected to grow in the coming weeks as the Syrian militants are playing a growing role in GNA forces’ operations.

The deployment of Syrian militants, which began in late 2019, allowed GNA forces to hold onto their positions around the Libyan capital, Tripoli. Now, GNA forces are carrying offensive operations with support from the Syrian militants.

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