Mohammed and his men from Jaish Al-Islam also ended up giving in to Turkish demands and arrived in Tripoli in early January.
The recruiters knew how to convince the recruits, starting with promises of pay considered extravagantly high for Syrians. According to the half a dozen fighters and commanders who spoke to Ahval from three different Syrian opposition groups, each fighter receives a monthly wage of around $2,000 for being in Libya .
In comparison, Turkey paid the same troops around $90 a month in Syria. Each volunteer in Libya also receives a month of annual vacation and compensation of $3,300 for being wounded, or $10,000 plus a house for his family if he is killed. The prospect of Turkish nationality has also been offered.
Before boarding the plane, Adnan and his men were not sure where Libya was on a map. In Syria, they had met a few Libyan jihadists who had come to fight, but knew little about the conflict in Libya at the time of their arrival.