Is Libya becoming a mercenary’s dream?
In an article for Real Clear Defense Joseph Hammond explores the foreign fighters and mercenaries feeding the Libyan conflict. Hammond describes Libya as “a mercenary’s dream” and cites the UN report from June this year to describe how paid fighters from the Arabian Peninsula and Sub-Sahran Africa are flocking to the civil war. The author continues on this subject suggesting:
The presence of large groups of foreign fighters in Libya is in striking contrast to other regional conflicts. The Syrian Civil War and the larger struggle against the Assad regime, for example, has attracted lone jihadists from around the world. The Libyan Civil war, by contrast, has attracted entire military units and terrorist groups are joining the conflict. Notable examples include Da’esh, possibly Hamas, as well as rebel movements from nations in the Sahel region of Africa.
Libya’s international attempt to ban Palestinians, Syrians and Sudanese from entering the country is due in part to prior concerns that nationals of those countries could become mercenaries in Libya’s civil war in 2015.
You can read the article in full here.