The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Preparation for sending them to Niger| Members of “National Army” factions undergo military course attended by Turkish officers

Al-Raqqah province: SOHR sources have reported that members of several factions that operate under the banner of the “National Army” have begun undergoing a military course with the supervision of Turkish officers at Al-Muksourah base in Tel Abyad countryside in northern Al-Raqqah within “Peace Spring” area.
According to reliable SOHR sources four “Santa Fe” cars accompanied by a van entered the base carrying Turkish officers to attend and supervise the military course.

This comes in light of ongoing efforts by Turkish authorities to recruit fighters from the “National Army” as mercenaries to send them on a combat mission in Niger.
Yesterday, SOHR sources reported the launch of the second batch of Syrian mercenaries from the Turkish-backed “National Army” factions, whose transfer to Niger was supervised by Turkish intelligence. The second batch, numbering 250 members, set off yesterday towards Turkey, all of them from “Al-Sultan Murad Division” faction. These members are scheduled to remain inside Turkish territory to undergo a moral rehabilitation course and will then be transported via transport plane to Niger, similar to the first batch that left on April 20, bringing the number of mercenaries who have gone so far to 550 members.
According to the sources, some group leaders within the Turkish-backed factions are still inviting young men from within and outside those factions to go fight in Niger and offering monthly salaries of 1,500 USD, in an attempt to exploit the living conditions that residents are suffering from in the northern regions of Syria.