The Libyan National Army (LNA) has captured a Turkish-backed Syrian militant who was fighting for the Government of National Accord (GNA).
In a video released on March 25 the militant identified himself as “Mohamad al-Muti” from Syria’s Homs. The militant was reportedly captured during clashes around the town of Ain Zara to the southeast of the capital, Tripoli.
“They took us on the promise that we will be deployed in Syria, only to find ourselves in Libya,” the militant says in the video, adding that he arrived in the country only 15 days earlier.
The militant revealed that he didn’t receive any payment from Turkey prior to his capture. Syrian militants were reportedly promised up to $2,000 a month for fighting in Libya. Recent reports, however, revealed that the payment was recently lowered.
Turkey deployed more than 4,000 Syrian militants in Libya in the last few months to support GNA forces. Ankara also supplied these forces with loads of heavy weapons.
According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the number of Syrian militants killed in Libya has risen to 151. At least eight militants were killed in the last few days by the LNA.