17,000 Syrian mercenaries join fight in Libya

by Muizat Hameed

The Syrian mercenaries are being transported from Turkey to Tripoli as part of Ankara’s promise to the GNA to boost their military cooperation and assistance to them.

The spokesperson for the Libyan National Army, Ahmed Al-Mismari, has reported that the Turkish-backed Government National Accord Forces have received a major boost in manpower.

According to Ahmed, this is coming after more than 17,000 Syrian mercenaries were deployed and seen travelling to Libya.

He added that the LNA would also be standing strong at the strategic city of Tarhuna, as their forces have repeatedly repelled the Turkish-backed forces there.

“The militias attempted to attack Tarhuna on seven fronts in a comprehensive operation that saw the participation of Turkish drones and ground forces. They pushed with all they have and could not even come close to the city outskirts,” he said.

He vowed that, “Tarhuna will resist those who are fiercely vying to control it and cut off military supply routes.”

“We are aware of all of the militias’ targets and we are prepared for them,” he added.

At the start of April, the GNA launched a massive counter-offensive in northwestern Libya to retake the areas they lost to the LNA over the last six months.

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