Contents tagged with Haftar

  • Kremlin denies involvement of Russian military in Libyan conflict

    The Russian military is not taking part in the operation in Libya, said the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov.

    "The Russian military in no way participates in Libya, in any processes. We are not aware of any Russian citizens who may take part there," he said.

    The day before, the U.S. Army's African Command said on Twitter that Russian mercenaries from Wagner's private military company were in Libya and were prolonging the conflict. " Russia has the power to stop them, …

  • Russia continues to supply mercenaries to Libyan Commander Haftar

    The east of Libya, the fiefdom of the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, continues to attract a large number of "soldiers of fortune" . New groups of mercenaries are coming there despite Haftar’s failed attempts to retake the capital, Tripoli, from the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA),  reports Anadolu.

    Russia is allegedly actively involved in the transfer of manpower, including from Syria, the article says. Russia sends to Libya  …

  • 23 Russian-made Pantsir air defense systems destroyed in Libya by Turkish drones

    Turkish drones have destroyed at least 23 Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft missile systems during the military conflicts in Syria and Libya. While, eight Russian-made aid defense systems were destroyed in Middle East conflicts, 15 combat vehicles have already been destroyed in Africa, reports Ukrainian news outlet Defense Express. It is noted that the total amount of lost air defense systems may be greater, if taking into account systems destroyed by Israel in Syria.

    Pantsir-S1 showed that it is …

  • Malta seizes $1 billion of Russia printed Libyan currency destined for Haftar’s government

    The Maltese government has seized more than $1 billion of "counterfeit" Libyan currency that was printed by the Russian state-owned company Goznak, stated the U.S  State Department on its website.

    The seizure of a batch of Libyan dinars, which is worth $1.1 billion, was carried out on May 26, the statement said, in terms of the U.S. currency.

    “$1.1 billion of counterfeit Libyan currency printed by Joint Stock Company Goznak—a Russian state-owned company—and ordered by an illegitimate parallel …

  • 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, …