Turkish-backed mercenaries | Over 2,200 fighters return from Libya to Syria in six days, after completing duration of their contracts

02/10/2020 -As the Syrian Observatory continues monitoring and tracking the issue of involving Turkish-backed Syrian mercenaries in Libyan war, reliable SOHR sources have confirmed that a new batch of some 800 fighters have returned from Libya to Syria, after completing the duration of their contracts. Accordingly, the number of mercenaries who returned to Syria, after being sent earlier by the Turkish government to fight in Libya, has risen to more than 2,200 in just one week. Continuer à lire … « Turkish-backed mercenaries | Over 2,200 fighters return from Libya to Syria in six days, after completing duration of their contracts »

Turkey blocks NATO over UN arms embargo against Libya

28/08/2020 – Turkey is blocking the Western military alliance NATO in the enforcement of an arms embargo against Libya decided by the UN. The Erdoğan regime prevents NATO support for Operation Sea-Guardian to monitor the embargo. Continuer à lire … « Turkey blocks NATO over UN arms embargo against Libya »

Despite the Libyan-Libyan consensus, Turkish government continues recruitment operations

22/08/2020 – Reliable sources have told the Syrian Observatory that the Turkish government continues recruitment operations, as a new batch of mercenaries has arrived in camps in Turkey to undergo military training courses and drills. These mercenaries have been recently recruited in areas in Aleppo and Idlib. However, the next destination has yet to be known whether they will be sent to Libya or another country. It is worth noting that such recruitment operations are still continuing, despite the recent Libyan-Libyan consensus. Continuer à lire … « Despite the Libyan-Libyan consensus, Turkish government continues recruitment operations »

Russian Wagner mercenaries moving from Jufra to Sirte: Libyan Army

07/08/2020 – Mercenaries of the Russian Wagner Group are en route to much-contested Sirte after leaving Jufra, the Libyan Army said in a statement Thursday.

The Wagner mercenaries, which are fighting on behalf of putschist Gen. Khalifa Haftar, are moving in a 21-vehicle convoy including four trucks and two ammunition carriers, the army of the United Nations-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) said in a Facebook post. Continuer à lire … « Russian Wagner mercenaries moving from Jufra to Sirte: Libyan Army »

Turkish, Egyptian intelligence services vie for influence in Libya

ANKARA/CAIRO – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared recently that his country’s intelligence work on Libyan soil was able to halt the ground progress of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) while security sources in Cairo told The Arab Weekly that Egyptian intelligence was aware of the smallest details of what was happening in the western side of Libya, which is controlled by the Turkey-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj. Continuer à lire … « Turkish, Egyptian intelligence services vie for influence in Libya »

Libya / Syria : Afrin receives 6 bodies of Syrian mercenaries killed in Libya

27/07/2020 – Press sources confirmed on Friday the arrival of 6 bodies of Syrian mercenaries from Libya to the city of Afrin, near the Syrian-Turkish border, noting that their deaths came in a clash among each other in mid-July south of Tripoli, in addition to that 9 other bodies were found in a cemetery in Tarhuna. Continuer à lire … « Libya / Syria : Afrin receives 6 bodies of Syrian mercenaries killed in Libya »

Somalia denies allegations of sending troops to Libya

23/07/2020 – Somalia denied Wednesday allegations on pro-Haftar Arab media outlets about sending some of its armed forces to Libya.

The Somali Foreign Minister Ahmed Issa Awad said his government didn’t and wouldn’t send troops to Libya, adding that his country’s forces « aren’t mercenaries ».

He also said that what was circulated on social media about the issue is baseless, denying claims that Somalia and Turkey were negotiating sending joint forces to Libya.

Libyan, UAE and Saudi media outlets – all loyal to Haftar – circulated news, without sources, about preparations for sending Somali forces to Libya.

Written By: AbdulkaderAssad / The Libya Observer

Sahel-Elite (Bamako-Mali)

 

Pentagon report: Turkey sent up to 3,800 fighters to Libya

18/07/2020 – Turkey sent between 3,500 and 3,800 paid Syrian fighters to Libya over the first three months of the year, the U.S. Defense Department’s inspector general concluded in a new report, its first to detail Turkish deployments that helped change the course of Libya’s war.

The report comes as the conflict in oil-rich Libya has escalated into a regional proxy war fueled by foreign powers pouring weapons and mercenaries into the country. The U.S. military has grown increasingly concerned about Russia’s growing influence in Libya, where hundreds of Russian mercenaries backed a campaign to capture the capital, Tripoli, in the country’s west. Continuer à lire … « Pentagon report: Turkey sent up to 3,800 fighters to Libya »

SOHR reveals | Turkish intelligence transfers 2,500 Tunisian ISIS members to Libya in a few months

18/07/2020 – At Turkish government’s orders, Turkish intelligence have transferred Jihadi groups and ISIS members of different foreign nationalities, from Syria to Libya in the past few months. According to SOHR statistics, the Turkish intelligence transferred over 2,500 Tunisian ISIS members to Libya, out of thousands of other ISIS Tunisians operating in Syria. Continuer à lire … « SOHR reveals | Turkish intelligence transfers 2,500 Tunisian ISIS members to Libya in a few months »

Russia, Wagner Group complicating Libyan ceasefire efforts (AFRICOM)

15/07/2020 – Verified photographic evidence shows indiscriminately placed booby-traps and minefields around the outskirts of Tripoli down to the Sirte since mid-June.

Africa Command (AFRICOM) has clear evidence that Russian employed, state-sponsored Wagner Group laid landmines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in and around Tripoli, further violating the United Nations arms embargo and endangering the lives of innocent Libyans. Verified photographic evidence shows indiscriminately placed booby-traps and minefields around the outskirts of Tripoli down to the Sirte since mid-June. These weapons are assessed to have been introduced into Libya by the Wagner Group. Continuer à lire … « Russia, Wagner Group complicating Libyan ceasefire efforts (AFRICOM) »