Turkey is still recruiting the Syrian army to fight in Libya, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on February 21st.
In the report, the supervisory group based in London said that Ankara continues to ignore the intra-Libyan agreement reached on October 23, 2020. The agreement states that all foreign fighters should leave the country within three months. The deadline ended on January 23. However, Turkish-backed militants remain in Libya.
“The mercenaries sent by the Turkish government to serve its interests in Libya are still there and their return is still uncertain,” the SOHR report said.
“On the contrary, recruitment operations are being continuously recruited in Syria in order to send militants to Libya,” the statement added.
According to recent SOHR reports, Turkey has sent more than 18,000 Syrian militants to Libya since 2019. Many returned. However, thousands of them are still there.
#Turkey has confirmed that its troop presence in #Libya will remain in place pending Libyan government approval and the status of the 2019 Ankara-Tripoli bilateral military agreement.@ ikalin1https://t.co/3zDGvjQSqypic.twitter.com/uhSxotkfjG
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Turkish-backed Syrian militants have helped forces loyal to the National Record Government to repel a major Libyan National Army attack on the capital, Tripoli. Moreover, they took part in a series of attacks during which government forces occupied key areas in northwestern and western Libya.
The situation is such that Libya is currently stable. The Libyan Forum for Political Dialogue elected a new UN-supervised presidential council on February 5th.
Despite recent progress in the Libyan peace process, Turkey will not stop its intervention in the country. Ankara wants to establish permanent bases for its forces in western Libya and on its coast, according to information from several sources.
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Source: South Front
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