South Europe at risk of militants infiltration: think tank

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Sun, 23 Feb 2020 - 03:45 GMT

Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front fighters carry their weapons on the back of a pick-up truck during the release of Lebanese soldiers and policemen in Arsal, eastern Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, December 1, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front fighters carry their weapons on the back of a pick-up truck during the release of Lebanese soldiers and policemen in Arsal, eastern Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, December 1, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

CAIRO - 23 February 2020: The Terrorism and Human Rights Observatory speculated on Sunday in the Dialogue Convention for Development and Human Rights that militants defeated in Idlib would flee to southern Europe, stressing that many of them are transferred by Turkey to Libya to fight along with Tripoli militias.

The observatory warned that the presence of such militants in Libya constitutes a threat to the security of North Africa, South Europe, and the counterterrorism operations carried out by the Community of Sahel–Saharan States.

Furthermore, their engagement in combats against the Libyan National Army (LNA) weakens its role in fighting terrorism, illegal migration, and human trafficking. The observatory highlighted that the Turkish actions in Libya and Syria are a breach to UNSC Resolution no. 1373.2001 criminalizing support to terrorists by the UN member states and using them in conflicts.

Hence, the observatory urged an investigation by the United Nations Security Council into such practices. It also called for the formation of an international community that investigates Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan's admission of Syrian militants backed by his state along with Turkish military personnel in Libya.

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