A Turkish-backed Syrian militia fighting for Ankara’s interests in Libya has released a propaganda video reportedly shot in Libyan territory praising Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s controversial decision to reconvert the Hagia Sophia into a mosque.
After the Turkish government turned the Hagia Sophia into a mosque, the Sultan Sliman Shah Brigade (better known as "Amshat"), a Turkish-backed Syrian faction, held a parade praising Erdogan west of Tripoli, Libya. Geolocated by @il_kanguru https://t.co/EApfNEr03k pic.twitter.com/PjlR7TthN9— Elizabeth Tsurkov (@Elizrael) August 9, 2020
Shortly after being posted on YouTube and Twitter of the Amshat, the video was deleted, likely due to concerns it will be geolocated. I asked an official with the Amshat where the video was filmed. At first he said it was in Sheikh Hadid, Efrin, Syria.— Elizabeth Tsurkov (@Elizrael) August 9, 2020