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Turkey is sending about 1,800 new mercenaries in Libya to fight Haftar

ANKARA, (BM) – Soon, 1,800 mercenaries, which Turkey is preparing for the Government of National Accord (GNA), should be send to Libya, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [SOHR].

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Currently, more and more bloody battles are unfolding in North Africa. The warring parties in the person of the GNA and LNA [Libyan National Army] lose both armored vehicles and manpower.

SOHR monitors these events and reports that Turkey will soon send another batch of recruits to replenish losses. They were trained under the leadership of Ankara, and many of the 1,800 people had previously been in various organizations.

In addition, about 300 recruits have not yet reached adulthood. However, not all militants are recorded in forming units to participate in hostilities.

As we reported on May 25 a new group of 500 mercenaries arrived in Libya with the support of Turkey.

SOHR sources recorded then “the arrival of a new batch of 500 mercenaries supported by Turkey in Libyan territory to join military operations on the side of the Government of National Accord (GNA) against the Libyan National Army (LNA).”

Accordingly, the number of recruits arriving in Libya rose to 10,100 mercenaries, including a group of non-Syrian mercenaries, while about 3,400 arrived in Turkey to take training courses.

Of the total number of conscripts, about 200 children aged sixteen to eighteen were recruited to participate in hostilities in Libya, most of whom came from the Syrian group of the Al Sultan Murad division, which offers material incentives using difficult life situations and poverty these teenagers.

The SOHR noted that a large number of participants intend to desert at the earliest opportunity, so that after emigrating to Italy and other European countries. It is known that casualties in the battles from the GNA reached 400 people, the same number of fighters chose to escape.

BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that Turkey continues to supply arms to Libya, despite the existing arms embargo.

On June 1 Turkey transferred tanks to Libya. Several sources claimed that in the suburb of the Libyan capital Tripoli Tarjuna were seen tanks M-60A. Obviously, it was delivered from Turkey to support the GNA forces. Of course, the M-60A1 is outdated morally and physically, however, in the conditions of the Libyan war, where T-55 tanks are actively used, less often T-62, and T-72 in general have become a rarity, the Turkish machine can be quite successfully used on the battlefield.

We recall that on June 12 three Turkish cargo planes were heading towards the western region of Libya when they were spotted by the Libyan National Army (LNA).

No further details were released about the cargo plane then this was an important move for the Libyan National Army, as they have been trying to prevent the Turkish Ministry of Defense’s deliveries to the North African nation.

Libyan civil war

In Libya, armed clashes are currently taking place between supporters of different leaders. The country is led by the Government of National Accord (GNA), headed by Prime Minister Fayez Saraj, the “eastern government” led by Abdullah Abdurrahaman at-Thani.

The eastern government is supported by the commander of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar.

Recall that January 13 in Moscow, negotiations were held between the heads of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalif Haftar and the Government of National Accord (GNA) Faiz Sarraj. Also present were members of the Foreign Ministries of Russia and Turkey.

On the meeting the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has notified Russia about the conditions for continuing negotiations on the signing of a peace agreement in Libya.

According to the requirements of Haftar, the militias operating in Libya are required to surrender weapons in the period from 45 to 90 days. This process should be controlled by a special commission created by the LNA together with the UN

Haftar also refused to recognize Turkey as an intermediary in resolving the situation in Libya, since the Turkish side is not neutral and supports the Government of National Accord (GNA).

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