Syrian militias told they will fight russians for motivation; gna denies claims of jihadist elements among syrian fighters
According to sources in the Syrian National Army, the opposition Syrian fighters backed by Turkey, Turkish intelligence, responsible for organising and training Syrian militias fighting in Libya, is telling Syrian militias they will fight Russians once in Libya, in order to boost motivation.
“There are Russians here….The Turks confirmed this to us, I wouldn’t even hurt a Libyan here. But if I find a Russian, I will put a stick up his ass,” said one Syrian fighter. The Syrians on the ground in Libya said they had not seen much action as of yet, and are awaiting Turkish forces and equipment. The SNA source went on to say, “of course, there are no Russian soldiers there.” Turkish intelligence is using the possibility of Russian fighters to motivate the Syrians, who have suffered under Russian bombardments in Syria. The SNA source continued, “but of course this is a lie, and Libya is not Syria. But these mercenaries believe whatever Turkey tells them”.
Turkey claims it sends Syrians, only Turkish military personnel in non-combatant roles to train GNA troops. International media and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights report of over 4700 Syrian mercenaries from the SNA who have been sent Tripoli so far. On the other side, the LNA is backed by a number of international backers, and includes Russian and Sudanese mercenaries.
Related to this, the GNA denies reports in the international media that there are Islamist extremist elements within the Syrians coming to fight on their behalf, according to Turkish state-run Anadolu news agency. Media sources claim that among the over 4000 fighters, dozens have links to Jihadist groups.