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Turkey Is Recruiting Libyan Mercenaries To Fight In Nagorno-Karabakh – Report

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Turkey Is Recruiting Libyan Mercenaries To Fight In Nagorno-Karabakh – Report

Fighters loyal to the Government of National Accord, April 13, 2020. Source: Anadolu Agency

Turkey is recruiting Libyan fighters to send them to Azerbaijan, where they would take part in the ongoing conflict in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, the al-Arabiya TV reported on October 3, citing a source with knowledge on the matter.

The source told the UAE-base news channel that senior Turkish military and intelligence officers met with the leaders of militias loyal to the Government of National Accord in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, on October 2 to discuss the plan to send fighters to Azerbaijan.

“During their meeting with the militia leaders, the Turkish officers asked them to nominate Libyan fighters specializing in Kornet [anti-tank guided missiles] and sniper rifles,” the source said.

According to the source, the Turkish officers requested 50 fighters only as first batch, promising to pay up to $5,000 to each fighter.

The Libyan fighters will be taken to Azerbaijan, where they will support the country’s attack against Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Turkey has already deployed more than a 1,000 Syrian fighters in Azerbaijan, according to several reports. Dozens of them have been killed by Armenian forces.

In a recent press briefing, Brigadier General Ahmed al-Mesmari, a spokesman for the Libyan National Army, revealed that Turkey was transporting “Syrian and non-Syrian terrorists” from Libya to Azerbaijan.

Turkey, which recruited thousands of Syrians to fight in Libya, appears to be playing a key role in the ongoing conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. Turkish military service members were even spotted in Azerbaijan on October 4.

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