Turkey is preparing to send its Syrian proxies to Yemen, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on June 4.
Initially, the UK-based monitoring group claimed that Turkish-backed militants will be fighting alongside the Houthis. However, the group later released a new version of its report saying that the militants will be fighting for large sums of money.
“Turkish intelligence asked its proxy factions to prepare fighters for deployment in Yemen to fight in return for large financial incentives,” the SOHR said.
An Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia intervened in Yemen in 2015 to put an end to a revolution led by the Houthis, who are backed by Iran. Since then, a brutal war has devastated most of the country.
If the SOHR’s information are accurate, Turkish-backed militants could go to Yemen to fight for the Saudi-led coalition. Turkey is not a supporter of the coalition. Nevertheless, some parties within the Saudi-backed Yemeni government are known to be close to Turkey, namely the al-Islah party.
More than 11,000 Turkish-backed Syrian militants are currently fighting for the Government of National Accord in Libya. The militants are receiving salaries of up to $2,000 a month. Ankara is apparently willing to offer the special services of its Syrian proxies to those who can afford to pay.