Back-and-forth transfer operations | Preparation underway to send new batch of Ankara-backed National Army mercenaries to Libya • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Back-and-forth transfer operations | Preparation underway to send new batch of Ankara-backed National Army mercenaries to Libya

Reliable sources have informed SOHR that preparation is underway in the northern Aleppo countryside, which is controlled by Turkish forces and their proxies, to send a new batch of “National Army” mercenaries to Libya.

The batch comprises nearly 75 members of various Turkish-backed “National Army” factions.

This batch is scheduled to leave Syrian territory for Turkey late this week to transfer them to bases in the Libyan capital Tripoli, as part of a back-and-forth transfer operation, where 50 mercenaries will return to Syria.

According to reliable sources, the mercenaries will receive only 200 USD after their salaries during the past periods ranged from 500 and 700 USD to 2,500 USD during the war in Libya.

According to Syrian Observatory sources, the last batch of “National Army” mercenaries returned from Libya to Syrian territory nearly two weeks ago after their contracts ended.

It is worth noting that there are nearly 7,000 Turkish-backed Syrian mercenaries in Libya, operating under the banner of various factions of the “National Army”.

On the other hand, the Syrian mercenaries recruited by the Russian security company “Wagner” are still in Libya.

We, at the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), call for extraditing of all Syrians who have been turned into mercenaries by the Turkish government and engaged in the Libyan conflict. We also demand on Turkey and Russia to stop exploiting the Syrians for serving their narrow interests.