Over 1,600 Syrian fighters in Turkey readying for Libya

To support Sarraj against Haftar's forces

30 December, 14:40

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, DECEMBER 30 - Over 1,600 Syrian mercenary fighters have transferred to Turkish training camps in preparation for being sent to Libya to fight against the forces of Fayez al-Sarraj against the offensive by General Khalifa Haftar, said the NGO Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) on Monday.

    As of Sunday, SOHR had spoken of 900 to 1,000 militants in Turkish camps and 300 who had already arrived in Tripoli.

    According to SOHR sources, the fighters are part of the militias of Sultan Murat and Suleyman Shah and the al-Mu'tasim Division, loyal to Ankara.

    They came from the area of Afrin, a former Kurdish enclave in northern Syria that was taken by Turkey in 2018 with the help of local militias.

    Authorities in Ankara did not provide any official information on the operation.

    The Turkish Parliament, convened for an extraordinary session, will vote Thursday on the motion to authorise sending the army to Libya in support of Sarraj. (ANSAmed).

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