UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — In coordination with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt, Russia has sent mercenaries from Syria to Libya to fight among the ranks of General Khalifa Haftar.
According to London-based Arab newspaper al-Jadid, two Russian Air Force planes carrying Russian mercenaries have landed at Benghazi Airport.
Mercenaries sent under the coordination of the UAE and Egypt operate under the roof of two security firms named Moran and Schit.
Syrian nationals working for Russian forces have also been sent to Libya.
There have been reports so far that the number of mercenaries of the Russian firm Wagner Group is steadily increasing.
On April 4, rebel General Khalifa Haftar forces launched a military campaign to capture Tripoli, with the internationally recognized National Reconciliation Government (GNA) launching a counter-operation.
On December 12, however, Haftar issued another order to attack Tripoli, calling the new campaign a “decisive war”, and as a measure against that order, mobilization was announced in ten western cities.
Since the overthrow of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, two power centers have emerged in Libya, one in eastern Libya largely supported by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, with which the Poushet General Haftar is also linked, and the GNA in Tripoli, which enjoys international and UN recognition.
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