The Address | Benghazi – Libya
ANKARA – Pro-Turkey Syrian fighters are offered Turkish citizenship in exchange for fighting in Libya, according to recent report.
Elizabeth Tsurkov, a Research Fellow at the the US-based Foreign Policy Research Institute, stated that “sources inside the Turkish-backed Syrian factions tell me that in exchange for fighting in Libya, fighters are being promised Turkish citizenship after 6 months of deployment.”
“Multiple commanders in the factions received Turkish citizenship & passports over the past month,” Tsurkov stated via Twitter.
Citing a source inside the Ankara-backed Samarkand Brigade, Tsurkov reported that Turkey is driving many Syrian militants to fight in Libya by carrying out a policy of “starving the dog to make him follow you”.
Tsurkov further stated that The salaries of fighters in Syria are $50 per month whereas the rumored monthly salaries in Libya are $1,500.
A fighter in the Samarkand Brigade told me why fighters are going to Libya: "Turkey is carrying out a policy of starving the dog to make him follow you." The salaries of fighters in Syria are $50 per month – impossible to survive on. Rumored monthly salaries in Libya are $1,500.
— Elizabeth Tsurkov (@Elizrael) January 6, 2020
Turkey’s parliament approved a bill on Thursday that allows for the deployment of troops in Libya to back the Government of National Accord (GNA), whose loyal militias are currently battling the Libyan National Army (LNA) in Tripoli.
This came after GNA’s Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed a military agreement in November.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that at least 300 pro-Ankara Syrian fighters were transferred from Turkey to Tripoli earlier this month, adding that hundreds others are being trained in camps ahead of sending them to Tripoli.