The Qatar’s State Minister of Defense Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah and the Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar arrived in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Monday for a secret visit. A Syrian Observatory for Human Rights revealed that Qatar is housing 400 Syrian mercenaries to train them in preparation for transferring them to Libya.
It is likely that, during their mission in Tripoli, the two Defense Ministers will discuss with the head of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez al-Serraj and the Western military commanders of the latest developments on the ground. In particular, the fate of thousands of Syrian mercenaries transferred from Ankara to Libya, starting from the end of December 2019.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights recently revealed the details of the method used by the Turkish intelligence to deceive the Syrian mercenaries, indicating a Qatari role in training them before sending them to fight in Libya.
The director of the observatoryRami Abdel-Rahman said Saturday that Turkish intelligence deceived about 120 fighters of the pro-Ankara Syrian factions, and agreed with them that they were wanted to protect civil institutions in Qatar along with African mercenaries already employed by Doha.
However, the mercenaries who left the Syrian region of Afrin to Turkey, later learned that their true destination was Libya, not Qatar, with the aim of supporting the extremist militias of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord led by Fayez al-Sarraj. Rami Abdel Rahmanindicated that there are about 400 mercenaries in Doha for months, receiving training at one of the military bases with Qatari funds.
Qatar recruited thousands of Africans to work in favor of Doha and Ankara. In 2017, the Qatari regime began recruiting soldiers in the war-torn country of Somalia to increase its defense force.
The local newspaper Garowe revealed that the Qatari regime hired 6,000 Somalis to confront the Qatari people, in addition to hiring Sudanese mercenaries in order to defend and protect Qatar’s Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad in Doha.Qatari Leaks also published a document that “exposes Doha’s recruitment of 360 Sudanese to join the Qatari army via its embassy in Khartoum.”
The document revealed high-ranking officials at Villa Somalia, the country’s Presidential Palace are facilitating the recruitment program which is currently underway inseveral Somali semi-autonomous regions.In Mogadishu, hundreds of people said to be employees working for the ministries of Somalia’s federal government were dispatched to Qatar, becoming the first batch of cadets, according to sources to Qatari Leaks.
Another leaked document issued by the Embassy of Qatar in South Africa, bearing no. “wx/219/216/209-3” dated 8/6/2017, revealed that the head of Qatar’s state security apparatus contracted South African mercenaries to carry out missions against the security of other countries in the region. Although the document did not enter on the details of these tasks, it indicates the malicious intentions of Qatar’s regime.
Civil society organizations and Human Rights Defenders, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, repeatedly demanded to the Qatari authorities to stop the recruitment of Africans mercenaries, raising doubts about the ambiguity of their seduction in these work contracts and what they are doing.