16 Turkish fighters killed in Libya

Dhaka, Tuesday   07 April 2020


16 Turkish fighters killed in Libya

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 02:17 PM, 24 February 2020  

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

A total of 16 Turkish soldiers were killed in Lybia in recent weeks, claimed Forces loyal to Libyan eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar.  

Haftar claimed this on Sunday, a day after Turkey acknowledged it had lost several “martyrs” in combat in the north African country.

The Turks were killed in the port city of Misrata, in battles in Tripoli and in the town of al-Falah south of the capital, said Khalid al-Mahjoub, a spokesman for Haftar’s self-styled Libya National Army (LNA).

Turkey backs Libya’s internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) and has sent Syrian soldiers along with some of its own soldiers and weapons to help the Tripoli-based administration repel an attempt by the LNA to capture the city.

Haftar’s forces are backed by the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, and have also had help from Russian mercenaries.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday acknowledged some Turkish losses in Libya’s “struggle”.

“We are there (in Libya) with our (Turkish) soldiers and our teams from the Syrian National Army. We continue the struggle there. We have several martyrs. In return, however, we neutralized nearly a hundred (of Haftar’s) legionaries,” Erdogan said.