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Russian military deployment to Libya

According to the U.S. Africa Command, Russia recently deployed military fighter aircraft to Libya in order to support its private military contractors (PMCs) operating on the ground.

In a press release published on May 26, 2020, US AFRICOM says “Russian military aircraft are likely to provide close air support and offensive fires for the Wagner Group PMC that is supporting the Libyan National Army’s (LNA) fight against the internationally recognized Government of National Accord. “

To support its claim, US AFRICOM publishes a series of images of the Russian aircraft saying that it “arrived in Libya, from an airbase in Russia, after transiting Syria where it is assessed they were repainted to camouflage their Russian origin.”

Does this deployment, if confirmed, foreshadow a bombing campaign by Haftar’s forces? This is what US AFRICOM states: “The world heard Mr. Haftar declare he was about to unleash a new air campaign. That will be Russian mercenary pilots flying Russian-supplied aircraft to bomb Libyans.”

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