​​​​​​​Syrian mercenaries told Reuters: Turkey deploying "Syrian National Army" mercenaries in Azerbaijan

Two Syrian mercenaries confirmed that Turkey is sending Syrian fighters of the so-called National Army to support Azerbaijan in its escalating conflict with its neighbor, Armenia, while Ankara pledged to intensify its support for its Muslim-majority ally.

Two of the Syrian mercenaries who belong to Turkish-backed groups in the occupied northern Syrian regions by Turkey told Reuters that they will be deployed in Azerbaijan in coordination with Ankara.

A Syrian mercenary from (Ahrar al-Sham) said: "I did not want to go, but I do not have any money because life is very difficult and poor."

Both mercenaries said that their brigade commanders told them that they will earn about 1,500 dollars a month, and this salary is considered a great deal for the Syrians in light of the deterioration of the value of the Syrian currency.

The mercenary explained that he arranged his mission with an official from the mercenaries of the "Syrian National Army" of the Turkish occupation in Afrin.

The other mercenary, from the mercenaries of the "al-Nukhba Army of the Syrian National Army" said that he was informed that nearly 1,000 Syrians will be deployed in Azerbaijan, as other mercenaries said that the numbers ranges from 700 to 1000.

The mercenaries, who spoke to Reuters last week, said they expected to be dispatched on September 25 to guard the facilities, but not to fight.

Turkey has repeatedly said that it is also ready to provide support to Azerbaijan, with which it has strong historical and cultural ties and runs joint energy projects.

In a related context, diplomats told Agence France-Presse (AFP) today that the UN Security Council is expected to hold emergency closed talks on Tuesday regarding the ongoing war in Nagorny Karabakh.

The sources said Germany and France requested the meeting, but other members of the European Council - Belgium, Britain and Estonia - support the move.


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