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(DETAILED) French radio RFI: Syrian fighters transferred to Tripoli via airline owned by former LIFG leader

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – Ajniha Airlines, which is owned by former Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) leader Abdelhakim Belhaj, has transferred Turkey-backed Syrian fighters from their country to Tripoli, French radio RFI reported today.

In addition to Ajniha Airlines, Afriqiyah Airlines has also transferred Syrian fighters to help the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) fight the Libyan National Army (LNA), RFI reported.

The French radio also reported that four planes of these two airlines have carried out unregistered flights between Friday and Sunday to transfer the pro-Ankara fighters.

LIFG is a radical Islamist group formed to overthrow late dictator Muammar Gaddafi and establish a caliphate in Libya. It was designated by the United Nations as a terrorist organization in 1999.

Belhaj claimed he abandoned his radical ideology after he entered a de-radicalization program sponsored by the Gaddafi regime in 2010.

GNA’s Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj have requested military aid from Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan late December. Turkish troops will be deployed to Tripoli in early January, according to media reports.

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