Russian mercenaries preparing for war in Libya reveal satellite images

WASHINGTON, TRIPOLI, (BM) – The American satellite MAXAR, passing over Libyan territory, revealed that Russia is preparing to violate the UN peace agreement in Libya. Nick Paton Walsh and Sarah El Sirgany are authors in the CNN and disclose this information.

Russian mercenaries preparing for war in Libya reveal satellite images
Photo credit: Maxar Satellite

The photos show a massive excavation around the city of Sirte in Libya. CNN claims that this is the work of Russia’s private army, Wagner, known as “Putin’s private army.” These actions worry both the Libyan people and Western observers, who are looking forward to the withdrawal of foreign fighters from Libya today. All this obviously will not happen, at least on the Russian side, as the excavation near Sirte spoke only of strengthening Wagner’s position.

According to an intelligence officer, a source in the CNN, Wagner’s presence in Libya is the most extensive military presence of the private army anywhere in the world. Satellite images also suggest that the excavation and its scale also impresses with the structure of the fortifications. The Russian embassy asked the SNN for comment, but as they note in their article, they have not received an answer by the time the room leaves.

More details about the excavation around Sirte

US military experts believe that the facility’s primary purpose in question is to deter a ground attack. This statement makes sense because, after Muammar Gaddafi’s overthrow, the clashes in this part of the country are continuous and most intense.

At the same time, media serving the Libyan government’s interests, led by Faraj, published the facility’s excavations. They claim that this activity started at the beginning of the year.

US intelligence has observed satellite images taken by the MAXAR satellite. According to the Americans’ open-source software, the trench stretches for at least 70 km and has more than 30 defensive positions. The photos show that this facility is located next to the main road in the Libyan desert.

Russian mercenaries preparing for war in Libya reveal satellite images
Trench digging, Photo credit: CNN

The opinion of the intelligence

US intelligence follows interest and a dose of concern about what is happening right now in this region. The intelligence quoted by CNN says that there are no indications that any withdrawal or movement of troops from Libya is taking place. We are talking about both Turkish and Russian soldiers, or Germans recruited from both countries. Intelligence says that with a lot of effort and work, the UN has reached a fragile agreement right now in the country, and the actions of Turkey and Russia have a chance to end it.

US intelligence also claims that there has been a strenuous activity and accumulation of forces around the Jufra airbase in recent days. The same actions are observing in the south, around Brak Airport, where several radar systems are locating in this area.

At the same time, the Langley intelligence center mentions the port of Al-Homs in Libya. According to experts, the entire naval facility is also currently upgraded, suggesting Turkey has plans to stay in the area for a long time.

Libyan Civil War

After ruling the country since 1969, Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown and killed in the 2011 civil war. Haftar, and to the west, in Tripoli, the government of the national government chord.

Armed clashes are currently taking place in Libya between supporters of various leaders. The Government of National Accord (GNA) led the country, headed by Prime Minister Fayez Saraj, the “Eastern Government” led by Abdullah Abdurahman al-Thani. Libyan National Army Commander Khalifa Haftar backs the Eastern government.

Russia held several talks between the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalifa Haftar and the National Accord (GNA) Faiz Saraj government. Members of the foreign ministries of Russia and Turkey were also present. At the meeting, the Libyan National Army (LNA) commander, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, informed Russia about the conditions for continuing the negotiations for signing a peace agreement in Libya.

According to Haftar’s requirements, militants operating in Libya must surrender their weapons within 45 to 90 days. A special commission set up by the LNA together with the UN must control this process. Haftar also refused to recognize Turkey as a mediator in resolving Libya’s situation, as the Turkish side is not neutral and supports the government of national consent (GNA). Simultaneously, the GNA actively supports Turkey, while Egypt and Saudi Arabia are on the LNA side. His unofficial allies are France and the UAE.

Analysts say Russia and Turkey want to increase their military presence and influence in the Mediterranean and southern NATO, with the bonus of participating and profiting from Libya’s oil industry.

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