Erdogan confirms presence of pro-Turkish Syrian fighters in Libya

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a meeting in Ankara on Feb. 10, 2020. (AP)

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday confirmed for the first time that pro-Turkish Syrian fighters were present in Libya alongside Ankara’s training personnel.

“Turkey is there with a training force. There are also people from the Syrian National Army,” Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul, referring to Syrian fighters.

Syrian mercenaries fighting in Libya on behalf of Turkey are not backed by “the Syrian opposition,” the joint president of Syria’s Constitutional Committee and former head of the Syrian opposition coalition, Hadi al-Bahra.

Last Update: Friday, 21 February 2020 KSA 18:08 - GMT 15:08