Libyan Army: Turkish Presence in Libya Threatens Any Agreement

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Spokesman for the Libyan National Army (LNA), Major General Ahmed Al-Mismari condemned the Turkish interference in Libya, saying it “threatens any signed agreement between Libya’s factions.”

Al-Mismari alleged in an interview with Al-Arabia news that a large number of Turkish military forces are present in Libya. “Turkey is still ignoring all new developments in Libya,” Al-Mismari noted. He stated that the international community should support the removal of foreign fighters and mercenaries from Libya, including Turkish military forces.

Notably, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that Turkey has transferred more than 18,000 mercenaries from Syria to western Libya; among them are former IS and Al-Qaeda members. It stated that about 8,000 mercenaries remain in the country to support the Government of National Accord (GNA).