Turkey sent over 1,000 militants to Libya in past few days - report

Turkey has sent over 1,000 militants to support Libya’s U.N. backed government against the forces of General Khalifa Haftar, Al Arabiya said on Monday, citing unidentified sources.

Turkey had transferred about 1,400 Tunisian fighters affiliated with extremist organisations from Syria’s Aleppo and Idlib provinces to Libya to fight alongside the Government of National Accord (GNA) in the past few days, Al Arabiya cited the sources as saying.

Meanwhile, two Turkish planes arrived in the Libyan city of Misrata on Monday carrying over 500 mercenaries from Syria, Tunisia, Egypt, and Sudan, Al Arabiya said.

The military deployments underscore Turkey’s increasing involvement in Libya and the military and political affairs of the Mediterranean region. It has also deployed drilling ships to the eastern Mediterranean near Cyprus despite objections by the European Union, Greece and Greek Cypriot government.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan signed a military deal with the GNA in November, allowing Turkey to deploy troops in the North African country, and since then Turkey has been sending Syrian mercenaries to the war-torn country.