Senior Turkish officers helping Libya’s Tripoli government - Libyan news outlet
Libyan news portal Al Marsad published the credentials of Turkish intelligence officials it said were working for the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) and were responsible for operating Turkish drones used against eastern Libyan forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar.
The news outlet said on Sunday it had identified "Turkish specialists who are supporting Islamist militia units of the GNA", and published copies of the passports of Turkish officers, including a general.
The Turkish officials, Al Marsad said, were "operating the Turkish Bayraktar killer drones used in the raids against the Libyan National Army positions in Gharyan and Abu Rshada areas over the last few days."
Libya is split between the GNA in Tripoli, and the Tobruk government, led by Haftar, the de facto ruler of eastern Libya and head of the Libyan National Army (LNA). Haftar launched an assault on Tripoli in April, but has suffered setbacks in his efforts to take the capital.
Haftar's LNA has repeatedly accused Ankara of arming Islamist factions fighting for the United Nations-brokered government in Tripoli.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Monday that six Turkish citizens detained by Haftar’s forces had been released, state-run Anadolu news agency reported
Presidential spokesman İbrahim Kalın said earlier on Monday that Turkey would target Haftar's forces if they did not immediately release the six Turks detained at the weekend.