Moscow failed to ‘hide’ the Russian mercenaries in Libya, new data coming out

WASHINGTON, (BM) – The command of the US Armed Forces has published new data on the presence of fighters of Russian private military companies in Libya, learned

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According to the English-language publication Middle East Eye, the number of mercenaries allegedly taking part in the Libyan civil war on the side of rebel Marshal Khalifa Haftar was announced in the regional command of the US Army in Africa.

At the same time, representatives of the Pentagon did not provide evidence of their statements. Russian officials also deny the presence of Russian private military companies in Libya.

Information about the “Russian mercenaries” that are participating in almost all military conflicts around the world has been voiced by US officials since 2014. In particular, the Pentagon is constantly reporting the presence of fighters of private military companies from Russia in Libya.

In the US, they say that mercenary units allegedly participate in the conflict on the side of the forces of the Libyan national army and against the internationally recognized government of Libya.

In its latest statement, the US Army Command in Africa named the exact contingent of “Russian mercenaries,” assigning them some responsibility for the ongoing conflict in Libya. According to spokesman for the command Nate Herring, there are a total of 2,000 Wagner PMC fighters in Libya

“I can confirm that, according to the African Command, the Wagner group has about 2,000 representatives in Libya,” Herring said in an interview with the Middle East Eye.

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However, the Pentagon representative did not provide any evidence of his words. Earlier, the command of the US Army in Africa reported that military aircraft were transferred from Russia to Libya. This information was illustrated by satellite images of Soviet-made fighters without indicating the time and place of shooting.

As the British newspaper The Independent previously reported, Russian mercenaries allegedly form the basis of the military power of the Libyan National Army under the command of rebel Marshal Khalifa Haftar. An article in The Independent reported that fighters of the “Russian PMCs” participated in the battle for Tripoli. Presumably, it was precisely with their withdrawal from the front line that the defeat of Haftar’s troops in the battles for the Libyan capital was connected.

Despite numerous publications on Russian mercenaries in the English and Turkish media, the Russian government refutes this information. Similar rebuttals are regularly made by the Libyan National Army Command, which accuses the Libyan government of using Turkish and Syrian mercenaries.

Libyan civil war

In Libya, armed clashes are currently taking place between supporters of different leaders. The country is led by the Government of National Accord (GNA), headed by Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj, the “eastern government” led by Abdullah Abdurrahaman at-Thani.

The eastern government is supported by the commander of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar.

Recall that January 13 in Moscow, negotiations were held between the heads of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalif Haftar and the Government of National Accord (GNA) Faiz Sarraj. Also present were members of the Foreign Ministries of Russia and Turkey.

On the meeting the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has notified Russia about the conditions for continuing negotiations on the signing of a peace agreement in Libya.

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According to the requirements of Haftar, the militias operating in Libya are required to surrender weapons in the period from 45 to 90 days. This process should be controlled by a special commission created by the LNA together with the UN

Haftar also refused to recognize Turkey as an intermediary in resolving the situation in Libya, since the Turkish side is not neutral and supports the Government of National Accord (GNA).


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