Members of Turkish-backed Syrian armed groups deployed in Libya have reportedly thrown down their weapons and fled to Italy via the illegal migration route heading the European Union through Tripoli.
Published on South Front, Jan 21, 2020
It’s safer to ‘migrate’ to the European Union than to fight the Libyan National Army near Tripoli
At least 17 members of Turkish-backed Syrian armed groups deployed in Libya reportedly threw down arms and fled to Italy via the illegal migration route heading the European Union through Tripoli, controlled by the pro-Turkish Government of National Accord (GNA). According to Al Hadath TV, another group of Turkish proxy fighters fled to Tunisia. Their final goal is also the European Union.
Reports from sources close to Turkish-backed Syrian armed groups say that around 2,400 Turkish-backed Syrian fighters are already in Libya. 1,700 more are passing training in military camps in Turkey awaiting their deployment.
Ankara uses its proxy forces to rescue the GNA from the Libyan National Army led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar. Haftar’s forces are in control of the major part of Libya, while the GNA controls only two big cities – Tripoli and Misrata.
The problem is that members of pro-Turkish groups that suffered a series of devastating defeats from the Syrian Army and large casualties in Syria’s Al-Bab and Afrin expireince some problems with combat morale. So, some of them prefer to use the deployment in Libya as an opportunity to move in Europe.