Turkish officers in the ranks of the al-Sarraj government forces in Tripoli

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

Video recordings showed the presence of a number of officers from the Turkish army with the armed groups allied with the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) of Fayed al-Sarraj, which is fighting in Tripoli against the Libyan National Army (LNA).

The recordings published by the LNA Military Information Division Tuesday, showed at least one of the Turkish officers, with members of the armed groups in Tripoli, giving them instructions on how to operate an armored vehicle.

It appears from the recordings that the vehicle is among the armored vehicles that arrived last week from Turkey through the port of Tripoli as military support for the extremist militia.

On May 18, At least 40 Turkish-made BMC Kirpi armored vehicles and a large quantity of ammunition and weapons were delivered to extremists militias in Tripoli through a ship carrying a flag of Moldova after it departed from the Turkish port of Mersin.

The BMC Kirpi has STANAG 4569 Level 3 armor, five firing ports and four bulletproof windows on each side of the troop compartment. The ones delivered to GNA forces appear to be equipped with remotely controlled weapon stations and IED jamming systems.

However, an armed conflict occurred between pro-government militias in over the delivery of the Turkish arms shipment. The vehicles were set to be given the GNA’s Presidential Council.

The clashes erupted in the western city of Zawiya late on Friday in wake of the death of Firas al-Mukhtar Sharkas, the commander of a militia that is affiliated with the GNA’s Interior Ministry. His cousin was also killed in a clash with another militia over a Turkish weapons shipment.


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