Russian Wagner mercenaries moving from Jufra to Sirte: Libyan Army

07/08/2020 – Mercenaries of the Russian Wagner Group are en route to much-contested Sirte after leaving Jufra, the Libyan Army said in a statement Thursday.

The Wagner mercenaries, which are fighting on behalf of putschist Gen. Khalifa Haftar, are moving in a 21-vehicle convoy including four trucks and two ammunition carriers, the army of the United Nations-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) said in a Facebook post. Continuer à lire … « Russian Wagner mercenaries moving from Jufra to Sirte: Libyan Army »

Russia may have deployed S-400 air defence system in Libya

07/08/2020 – Pictures circulating on social media suggest Russia may have deployed its S-400 air defence system in Libya, an analyst writing for Forbes said on Thursday.

Images posted online appear to show a large radar and vertical missile tubes near Ras Lanuf in eastern Libya. If they are part of Russia’s S-300 or S-400 system, “it could help tip the scales in the favour of Russia and its local allies against Turkish-backed forces,” defence analyst H I Sutton said. Continuer à lire … « Russia may have deployed S-400 air defence system in Libya »

Israel secretly supports putschist Gen. Haftar in Libyan civil war

28/07/2020 – Israel’s presence in Libya has escaped most public knowledge, yet numerous media reports have revealed that Tel Aviv is covertly supporting eastern-based putschist Gen. Khalifa Haftar in Libya against the U.N.-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA).

Israel views its support for Haftar as a tool to secure its own interests. However, Tel Aviv is keen to keep the relationship under wraps out of sensitivity of how Arab and Muslim public opinion would perceive its ally in the event his links with the Zionist state came to light – particularly vis-a-vis the putschist general’s Salafi and nationalist supporters in eastern Libya. Continuer à lire … « Israel secretly supports putschist Gen. Haftar in Libyan civil war »

LNA: Turkey Delivering Military Gear to Militias through Commercial Vessels

 

28/07/2020 – Libyan National Army (LNA) spokesman Ahmed al-Mismari accused on Monday Turkey of delivering military equipment through commercial vessels to militias loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA).

In televised remarks, he added that Turkey was using American-made tanks and the Hawk missile system on Libyan territories.

The first condition for reaching a ceasefire in Libya is Turkey’s complete withdrawal from the country, he added.

Moreover, Ankara is exploiting the current lull in fighting to bring in more mercenaries to the country, he continued.

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Sahel-Elite (Bamako-Mali) | Photo: Libyan National Army (LNA) spokesman Ahmed al-Mismari. (Reuters)

Will Israel Find Itself Facing Down Iran, Turkey, and the US in Libya?

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28/07/2020 – Several reports (most recently in Makor Rishon) have been published on Libyan National Army (LNA) outreach toward Israel. The LNA makes the point that Libyans and Israel have common foes in Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, his Syrian mercenaries, and the militias affiliated with the Islamist Government of National Accord (GNA). The LNA posits that it can work together with Israel to thwart the expansion of a hostile Islamist network in North Africa. Continuer à lire … « Will Israel Find Itself Facing Down Iran, Turkey, and the US in Libya? »

Turkey’s military pact with Niger securing foothold in neighbouring Libya – The New Khalij

27/07/2020 – Turkey’s newly-signed military agreement with Niger signals Ankara’s interest in maintaining a foothold in the oil rich, war-torn country of Libya next door, The New Khalij reported on Friday.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu met with President of Niger Mahamadou in Niger on July 21st, when the pair signed a military agreement and discussed the effects of the ongoing war in Libya on their respective countries. Continuer à lire … « Turkey’s military pact with Niger securing foothold in neighbouring Libya – The New Khalij »

Libya / Syria : Afrin receives 6 bodies of Syrian mercenaries killed in Libya

27/07/2020 – Press sources confirmed on Friday the arrival of 6 bodies of Syrian mercenaries from Libya to the city of Afrin, near the Syrian-Turkish border, noting that their deaths came in a clash among each other in mid-July south of Tripoli, in addition to that 9 other bodies were found in a cemetery in Tarhuna. Continuer à lire … « Libya / Syria : Afrin receives 6 bodies of Syrian mercenaries killed in Libya »

Libya’s Army under GNA destroys 14 tons of war remnants and mines

23/07/2020 – The Volcano of Rage Operation of the Libyan Army under the command of the Government of National Accord (GNA) said it destroyed Thursday four tons of war remnants and mines planted by Khalifa Haftar’s forces in residential areas in southern Tripoli. Continuer à lire … « Libya’s Army under GNA destroys 14 tons of war remnants and mines »

Turkey sends missiles to Libya from Syria for key battle – report

20/07/2020 – Turkey deployed missile launchers and artillery to Libya to support the Government of National Accord (GNA) in a looming battle for the key strategic Mediterranean city of Sirte, Milliyet newspaper reported on Sunday. Continuer à lire … « Turkey sends missiles to Libya from Syria for key battle – report »

Libya’s Interior Minister meets with Maltese counterpart, Turkish Defense Minister

20/07/2020 – The Libyan Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha met Monday with the Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and Maltese Interior Minister Byron Camilleri in Ankara to discuss cooperation, developments in Libya and stability in the Mediterranean. Continuer à lire … « Libya’s Interior Minister meets with Maltese counterpart, Turkish Defense Minister »