The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has admitted that Turkish soldiers have been killed in Libya as they fight against the Libyan National Army after weeks of silence about pro-Erdogan fighters in Libya.
Erdogan said Saturday that Turkish fighters and Syrian National Army fighters are in Libya to fight LNA forces, which gies against his previous statements that he had sent Turkish military experts only for training and logistical support.
He added that his country’s withdrawal from Syria and Libya as well as the Mediterranean will cost Ankara a lot.
Erdogan said his soldiers and the Syrian fighters killed and injured about 100 fighters from the LNA forces.
Erdogan has admitted for the first time that pro-Turkish Syrians are fighting in Libya alongside military trainers dispatched by Ankara.
“Turkey is there with a training force. There are also people from the Syrian National Army,” Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul on Friday, referring to the group of rebels fighting Syrian regime forces.