Published: January 11, 2020
Syrian opposition sources have said some 1,0000 to 1,500 fighters from the Turkey-backed Fahm Isa and Sultan Murad divisions had been sent to fight in Libya, BBC Turkish reported on Friday.
Another 500 fighters are waiting to be deployed, BBC Turkish quoted opposition sources as saying.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Jan. 5 that nearly 1000 mercenaries had already been sent to Libya, with another 1,700 undergoing training in Turkey.
Syrian fighters going to Libya would be doing so out of their own volition, and Turkey is not controlling the process, BBC Turkish quoted unnamed Turkish officials as saying.
Elizabeth Tsurkov of the Foreign Policy Research Institute had cited sources in Turkish-backed Syrian groups as saying that Turkey promised them citizenship after six months of deployment, while sources quoted by BBC Turkish denied the claim.
Turkey deployed military personnel to support Fayez al-Sarraj’s UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) in Libya against General Khalifa Haftar’s self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA), after the Turkish parliament approved a bill on the deployment of troops.
Three Turkish soldiers were killed and another six injured in Libya on Friday. source