The Address | Benghazi – Libya
BENGHAZI – The Chairman of the House of Representatives’ Defense Committee, Talal Al-Mihoub, has called on the Libyan National Army (LNA) to strike “with an iron fist” Syrian mercenaries, whom are fighting along side the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli.
Al-Mihoub stated that given the cease-fire violations by the GNA-contracted mercenaries, the Committee demands that “the mercenaries of [Fayez] Al-Sarraj be stricken with an iron fist, and that airports and ports that receive them be suspended”.
“We also demand the bombing of all headquarters that provide facilities for the entry of the mercenaries into the country,” he said.
In April, LNA launched a military operation to fight against militias and terrorist groups, which have been the main cause of chaos in the capital since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. In response, GNA forged an alliance with these militias, claiming that LNA wants to overthrow Al-Sarraj.
In November, GNA’s Al-Sarraj and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed a controversial military agreement which paved the way for deploying Turkish troops as well as Ankara-backed Syrian militants to Tripoli.
According to a report by The Guardian, 2,000 Syrian militants have been deployed to Tripoli since early January under six-month contracts signed directly with GNA for a monthly salary of $2,000. All have been promised Turkish nationality.
Al-Sarraj has publicly acknowledged the presence of those militants during an interview with the BBC a few days ago.