7 Turkish-Backed Jihadists Killed in Libya


On Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) announced that seven jihadists, who had previously been transported by the Turkish government from Syria to Libya, were killed in an attack by the Libyan National Army (LNA) in southern Libya.

According to SOHR sources, the LNA force had stormed the Jihadists’ hideouts in the southern city of Sebha where fierce clashes erupted between the two sides.

The clashes resulted in the death of seven jihadists: three Saudis, two Libyans, one Egyptian and another Arab jihadi of Australian descent. Moreover, two women, an Egyptian and a Libyan, were arrested.

It is worth noting that one of the Saudi Jihadists blew himself up during the attack using a booby-trapped vest.

On 8 September, reliable SOHR sources confirmed that the Turkish government cut the salaries of mercenaries who desired to continue fighting in Libya. According to the Turkish government’s decision, which came in the wake of the Libyan-Libyan consensus, the recruited mercenaries would individually receive $600 per month, instead of their usual monthly salary of $2,000.

On the other hand, SOHR sources reported that a new batch of Turkish-backed mercenaries returned from Libya to Syria, after completing the duration of their contracts, bringing the total number of returnees in ten days to more than 1,200.

According to SOHR statistics, the number of recruits who arrived in Libya rose to nearly 18,000 Syrian mercenaries, including 350 children under the age of 18. Among those recruits, about 7,100 returned to Syria after completing the duration of their contracts and receiving their financial dues. It is worth noting that the number of Jihadists who were transported from Syria to Libya has reached 10,000, of whom there are 2,500 Tunisians.


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