The Address | Benghazi – Libya
LIBYA – British political analyst Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi conducted an interview with a member of the Free Syrian Army, a part of whom was deployed to fight in Libya as mercenaries with the support of Turkey.
Al-Tamimi said he was able to interview the Syrian mercenary currently deployed in Libya to learn more about who these rebel fighters are and what their motivations are.
The mercenary said he was born in 1988 and first bore arms from the first month of 2012 fighting with Liwa al-Tawheed against the Syrian regime in the city of Aleppo.
He said he later fought with the al-Hamzat [al-Hamza Division], after that al-Mu’atasim [Division]. Then he went to Libya and remained there for three months and 20 days, and then returned to Syria. The mercenary went again to Libya and until now he is present in Libya.
He added that the formations that are fighting in Libya are the al-Hamzat, the al-Mu’atasim, Sultan Murad, Sultan Suleiman Shah, Sultan Muhammad Fatih and Faylaq al-Majd.
When asked about the reasons that make the fighters go to Libya, the promises and compensations, the mercenary said when he first began, they promised them $2000 and Turkish nationality, but when they got to Libya they obtained salaries that were not as promised in Syria. The salaries have become $1400 every two months, and he did not get the Turkish nationality as promised.
The Syrian fighters have gone to Libya out of hunger and difficult circumstances in Syria, he added.
He said that they are currently in the training camps, and the majority of them are new recruits.
Although the ceasefire agreement struck in Geneva on 23 October 2020 between the two sides included a provision in its second clause for the ‘departure of all mercenaries and foreign fighters from the Libyan lands by land and sea and air within three months from the date of the signing of the ceasefire,’ this measure has not actually been implemented so far.