Russia’s Mercenaries in Libya
According to US military intelligence, there are now 14 Russian fighters in Libya
The US military believes that Russia’s deployment of military aircraft to Libya may not change the balance of power in the civil war. However, Moscow will receive a strategic foothold in North Africa.
According to the US, Russia delivered 14 MiG-29 and Su-24 fighters to Libya, which are now located at the Al-Jufra air base, which is controlled by the Libyan National Army (LNA) under the command of General Khalifa Haftar..
Gregory Hadfield, Brigadier General, Deputy Chief of Intelligence, US African Command, said Russian fighters were flown to Libya via Iran and Syria. According to him, the fighters have not yet taken part in the hostilities, but they are strengthening the army of Haftar. For about a year, Haftar has been attacking the Libyan capital, Tripoli, which is controlled by the internationally recognized Government of National Unity..
General Hadfield stressed: “Support for the LNA and support for Haftar, in fact, are undertaken not for the sake of winning the war, but for the sake of consolidation in this region.” US fears Russia may deploy long-range missiles in Libya.
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