Turkish-Backed Militants From Syria Promised Higher Salaries And Citizenship If They Fight in Libya

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Turkish-Backed Militants From Syria Promised Higher Salaries And Citizenship If They Fight in Libya

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Turkey is paying higher salaries to militants who go and fight in Libya, Foreign Policy Research Institute fellow Elizabeth Tsurkov said.

According to her, fighters from the Turkish-backed Syrian militant groups were paid approximately $50 a month in Syria, but the rumored salary in Libya was $1,500 per month.

In addition, fighters are being promised Turkish citizenship after 6 months of deployment in Libya.

Reportedly 3 Turkish-backed militants died fighting against the Libyan National Army (LNA), and there is even a debate on how to report their deaths, and even if to report them at all.

Meanwhile, there was a big breakthrough in the fight, as the LNA breached the city of Sirte and apparently put it under its control.

The LNA’s Navy docked in the city.

There was a video released purportedly showing Turkish-made military vehicles that were seized by the LNA in Sirte.

The UN-assigned Government of National Accord (GNA) said that it simply withdrew to protect civilians, but successfully deflected attacks from the South and East.

The LNA spokesperson said that consultations were on-going to form an international mission that oversees the absence of foreign forces in Libya.

The situation in Tripoli remains contested, with little progress being claimed by either side, but the LNA capturing Sirte is a significant development.

There are numerous videos and photographs to substantiate the claims.

Al-Bonyan Al-Marsous Force, the group that allegedly defeated ISIS in Sirte, mobilized its forces to launch a counter-attack on Sirte to repel LNA groups, but there are yet to be any reports of progress on that front.

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