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After Erdogan made amends with the Arab world, mercenaries prepare to leave Libya

Sources from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that orders came to the Syrian fighters loyal to Ankara and who are within the Libyan territories, to begin preparing their belongings and themselves in preparation for their return to Syria.

The sources added that the orders came from the Turkish side that sent the “mercenaries” to Libya to protect their interests there.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan returned to the Arab arena from the gate of Cairo, and in light of the stalling of the return of mercenaries since mid-November of last year, it is expected that their return will start within the next few days.

On March 13, the Syrian Observatory indicated that days are passing and the file of “mercenaries” who are within the Libyan territories is still suspended completely, as the return of the mercenaries of the Syrian factions loyal to Ankara is still completely stopped, and through communicating with some of those mercenaries who are there, they reported that they had not yet been asked to prepare for the return, in a clear reference to the pending issue since mid-November of last year, despite the Libyan-Libyan consensus and all international demands for the exit of foreign forces from Libya, amid the continuous absence of their file by the media.

The Syrian Observatory pointed out on March 09, that in light of the ongoing Libyan-Libyan talks to give confidence to the new government of national unity, the most prominent event that impedes the stability of Libya remains the presence of mercenaries within its territory, in light of the absence of their file by the media, where there are still 6750 mercenaries from the Syrian factions loyal to Ankara are present on the Libyan lands, and none of them have returned to Syria.

It added that all that happened from mid-November of the year 2020 until the moment is the exchange of mercenaries, as a group returns to Syria and the Turkish government sends another in exchange for it.

This comes despite all international demands for the exit of mercenaries from Libya and despite the expiration of the deadline for the withdrawal of foreign “mercenary” forces from Libya, which resulted from a Libyan-Libyan ceasefire signed on October 23, 2020, setting a period of 3 months till 23 January 2021 for their departure.

There are about 2000 mercenaries of Syrian nationality in Libya, who were recruited by the Russian Wagner Company and sent to serve Russian interests on the Libyan lands in exchange for money, as Russia is playing on the disastrous living conditions in Syria, exploiting the need of young men and men to work and secure the necessities of daily life.

It is worth noting that the number of recruits who went to Libya so far, according to the statistics of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, amounted to about 18.000 Syrian “mercenaries” who were recruited by the Turkish intelligence services, including 350 children under the age of 18, and about 10.750 returned from the mercenaries of the pro-Turkish factions to Syria, after the end of their contracts and taking their financial dues, while the number of jihadists who arrived in Libya reached “10.000”, including 2.500 Tunisians.

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