Turkey transfers 2,500 Tunisian ISIS elements to fight in Libya
The director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdel Rahman, said Saturday that Turkish intelligence transferred more than 2,500 ISIS members of Tunisian nationality to Libya, out of 4,000 Tunisian fighters who Turkey had previously facilitated their entry into Syrian territory and provided them with all facilities, in addition to Thousands of ISIS from other Maghreb nationalities.
This comes as Ankara continues to transfer terrorists in prisons under the control of pro-Turkish factions north of Aleppo, and others who still enjoy freedom of movement across the Turkish-Syrian border, to Libya to fight alongside the Turkish-backed militias of the Tripoli-based Government of “National Accord” (GNA).
Abdel Rahman said in a statement published on the Observatory’s official Facebook page, “The Turkish intelligence services have intentionally, with orders from its government, to transfer terrorist groups and ISIS elements of foreign nationalities from Syrian territory to Libyan territory over the past few months. These terrorists left via Gaziantep Airport to Istanbul and from there to Libya.
The Syrian Observatory had published a few days ago, that a new batch of terrorists had been sent by the Turkish government to Libya, to participate in military operations alongside GNA militias against the Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.
According to the statistics of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the number of conscripts who have gone to Libyan territory thus far rose to about 16,100 “mercenaries” of Syrian nationality, of whom about 500 militants have been killed, while Turkey continues to bring more elements of “mercenary” factions to its camps for training.