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LNA: Commander of the Turkey-backed Syrian “Sultan Murad Brigade” killed in Tripoli

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – The Libyan National Army (LNA) announced on Friday the killing of the commander of the Turkey-backed Syrian brigade Sultan Murad during clashes with LNA forces at the Airport Road axis in Tripoli.

The Brigade Commander, Murad Abu Hamoud al-Azizi, was one of the leaders of the Syrian mercenaries of Turkmen origin and among the Syrian mercenaries that Turkey recruited to fight in Libya to support the militias of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA).

The Sultan Murad terrorist brigade was established in mid-2012 near the Syrian city of Aleppo by the Turkish intelligence services.

It gathered several extremist militias, namely the Sultan Muhammad al-Fateh Brigade, the Brigade of the Martyr Zaki Turkmani, and Ashbal al-Aqida Brigade, with the aim of grouping the Turkmen Syrian fighters into a unified force, and turning them into A Turkish tool in the Syrian war, and then to transfer them later to Libya to implement the Turkish agenda there.

After signing the oil, gas, and security agreement between GNA and Turkey in late 2019, the Sultan Murad brigade began recruiting mercenaries to go to Libya to fight LNA.

With the beginning of the dispatch of mercenaries from Syria to Libya at the beginning of this year, videos on social media showed an armed group of extremists of the Sultan Murad Brigade while they were on their way to Libya.

Turkey has so far moved more than 10,600 mercenaries to Libya, the majority of whom were Syrians, along with the disappearance of some 9,000 other extremists who might be transferred soon to Tripoli, according to Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

This group is known as a Turkish tool to commit crimes that Ankara is trying to distance itself from in public. It is accused of practicing ethnic cleansing of the Kurds in Afrin and northeastern Syria and replacing them by pro-Turkey inhabitants.

Media reports have confirmed, based on local sources, that ISIS operatives have joined the Sultan Murad Brigade from several cities in the Syrian north, including Jarablus, al-Rai, Afrin, and Al-Bab, after Turkey’s domination of the Brigade and structuring it according to a strict nationalist ideology.

The Sultan Murad Brigade had fought, on Turkish orders, other fighting factions in Syria in a struggle for influence, and implemented Turkey’s policy and claims that it had expelled ISIS fighters from the city of al-Bab, 40 kilometers northeast of Aleppo.

Erdogan had played a key role in 2016 in negotiating a safe exit from Aleppo for his fighters, the majority of whom were Turkmen and Arabs who were part of the Sultan Murad brigade, whom Erdogan supported for five years.

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