Contents tagged with Haftar

  • Russian mercenaries leave western Libya

    More than one and a half thousand fighters of the Russian private military company Wagner have left western Libya, stated by Colonel Mohammad Kununu, a spokesman for the Libyan government forces, as cited by Turkey's Anadolu news agency.

    According to him, earlier the Russian mercenaries were fighting on the side of Libyan National Army under the command of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar against the Libyan government forces in the area of Tripoli. Some time ago up to 1.6 thousand of them left the …

  • Six MiG-29 fighter jets transferred from Russian Khmeimim air base to Haftar's Army in Libya

    At least six MiG-29 and Su-24 fighter jets have been deployed from Syria to Libya, said the head of the Interior Ministry of the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) Fathi Bashagha, reports Interfax.

    The planes were delivered to the forces of the Libyan National Army (LNA) which is headed by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.

    According to Bashagha, these planes were previously located at the Khmeimim airbase belonging to the Russian Armed Forces. According to the agency, it is unclear …

  • Russian military recruits Syrian locals to join Haftar’s Army in Libya

    The Russian military is recruiting young people in Syria to join the ranks of general Khalifa Haftar's mercenaries in Libya, reports the Turkish news agency Anadolu citing sources.

    According to the agency, those wishing to join the anti-government forces in Libya are registered in mercenary recruitment centers in Homs. They are offered a large amount of money for Syria, $1.5 thousand a month, for joining Haftar’s ’s Army. Russia is reportedly assisted by Iranian militants in its recruitment …

  • Kremlin: Russia does not support Haftar’s statement about transition of power to Libyan National Army

    Russia does not approve of the statement of the Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar on the transition of power in the country to LNA, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov after an informal video meeting of the BRICS Council of Foreign Ministers.

    "We do not support the recent statement by Mr. Fayez Mustafa al-Sarraj, the Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord, who refused to speak with Field Marshal Haftar, and we do not approve …

  • Wagner mercenaries accused of using chemical weapons in battle near Tripoli

    Russian mercenaries from the private military company the Wagner Group used chemical weapons in the fighting in the Tripoli area, stated by the Minister of the Interior of the Government of National Accord of Libya (GNA) Fathi Bashagha, Anadolu reports.

    According to him, Wagner's mercenaries used nerve gas against GNA forces in the Salah al-Din area of southern Tripoli.

    Bloomberg previously reported that about a hundred mercenaries of Wagner's private military company arrived in Libya in …

  • Assad and Haftar join forces to oppose Erdogan

    Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad has entered into a military and political alliance with Libyan Field Marshal Haftar to jointly oppose Turkey's armed intervention, reports the French newspaper Le Monde.

    According to the newspaper, a new military and political axis of Damascus-Benghazi is being formed. It is "a sign of the growing expansion of the Syrian and Libyan theatres of war with serious implications for regional geopolitics."

    On Tuesday, March 3, the unrecognized Eastern Libya’s government, …

  • Russian mercenaries withdrawn from Libya

    The Wagner private military company (PMC) has withdrawn completely from Libya due to a truce between the Government of National Accord (GNA) and the Libyan National Army (LNA), InterRight reports.

    A letter from one of the Russian mercenaries has been leaked online, and indicates that all of the Wagner PMC mercenaries who were in Libya have been sent home before the scheduled end of their trip. The source of the information boasts that he was already back in Russia by February 23 to celebrate …

  • Erdogan: Russia is spearheading the war in Libya

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Russia is spearheading the conflict in Libya "at the highest level." He noted that Ankara will continue to support the Government of National Accord which is headed by the Prime Minister, Fayez al-Sarraj.

    "Russia is currently spearheading the war there at the highest level," NTV news channel quotes Erdogan as saying.

    Earlier, Russia abstained in a vote in the UN Security Council on a resolution in support of the results of the Berlin Conference on …

  • Haftar fires Russian missiles at Libyan capital

    Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) has bombarded the Tripoli airport using a Russian “Grad” multiple rocket launcher, said Muhammed Kununu, spokesperson for Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA), Anadolu reports.

    Kununu said that six projectiles had exploded at the only active airport, which created a direct threat to the Libyan capital’s airspace.

    On January 19, a peace conference on Libya was held in Berlin. The countries represented urged the LNA and GNA to …

  • Erdogan to Putin: Haftar's aggressive behavior must be stopped

    Turkish President Recep Erdogan met with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a summit on Libya in Berlin. The Turkish leader stated that the commander of the Libyan National Army Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar is pursuing an aggressive policy that must be stopped, reports TASS.

    "Haftar did not sign the agreement at the meeting in Moscow, which shows us that he is not a supporter of the peace process, but seeks a military solution to the conflict," Erdogan said.

    According to Erdogan, in …