Russian press reveals UAE-Niger negotiations on setting military base near the Libyan border

15/07/2019 – The Russian newspaper Kommersant has published a report on the ongoing negotiations between the UAE and Niger, regarding the establishment of an Emirati military base on the territory of Niger.

The newspaper added that the UAE’s aim is to get a foothold near the Libyan border in order to support the forces of Haftar, disclosing that negotiations are in their final stages.

An expert at the Russian Council for International Affairs was quoted as saying that the establishment of the base is not only to monitor the situation in Libya but also to guarantee secret air routes to Libya and the possibility of transferring special forces there.

The Libya Observer


Libyan MPs Warn against Turkey’s Arming of Militias in Tripoli

13/07/2019 – Libyan MPs warned Saturday against the dangers of the « Turkish role over their country’s stability,” due to Ankara’s arming of terrorist militias in Tripoli. They also stressed their keenness to “extend bridges of cooperation with Egypt and bolster means of communication to eliminate terrorism in their country.” Continuer à lire … « Libyan MPs Warn against Turkey’s Arming of Militias in Tripoli »

AFRICOM Commander: Troop reduction plan will not affect operations in Libya

2019/11/03 – Commander of the US Africa Command (AFRICOM), Thomas Waldhauser said that the US Department of Defence plan, to reduce the number of US troops in Africa, will have no impact on the air strikes in Libya.

In his briefing before the US Congress, Waldhauser said that the first phase of the reduction plan requires the withdrawal of about 300 US troops from the African continent by June 2020, which represents 10% of the US forces in Africa.

The Libya Observer

Sahel-Elite |Photo: Commander of the US Africa Command (AFRICOM), Thomas Waldhauser

Libya – Russia denies presence in Benghazi

2019/03/07 – The Russian Foreign Ministry denied the presence of Russian fighters in Benghazi to support the Dignity Operation forces led by Khalifa Hafter.

The ministry said in a statement that it has no information regarding activities of Russian watchdogs in Libya, according to Sputnik.

British newspaper The Telegraph reported on Sunday that around 300 Russian mercenaries belonging to the private military company Wagner Group are present and active in Benghazi on the side of Hafter’s forces.

According to the report, the company had provided Hafter with arms, including artillery, tanks, and drones.

The Libya Observer / Sahel-Elite

Libya – The major scandal engulfing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, explained

2019/03/07 – Trudeau is accused of pressuring his attorney general to interfere in criminal case of a company over possible political concerns.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is embroiled in a major political scandal that’s already tarnished his progressive image and could derail his premiership ahead of the October federal election. Continuer à lire … « Libya – The major scandal engulfing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, explained »

Egypt conducts military exercise near Libya border

2019/03/06 – The Egyptian army on Tuesday conducted a major military exercise near the Libyan border.

The exercise was attended by Army Chief-of-Staff Mohamed Farid, according to an army statement.

The drills included tactical exercises simulating real-time combat scenarios.

Within recent years, the Egyptian army has foiled numerous attempts to smuggle weapons from neighboring Libya.

Mahmoud Barakat  / Anadolu Agency


Libya/Turkey – Transport ministry signs contract with Turkish company to maintain Tripoli’s Corniche

2019/03/06 – A contract was signed on Tuesday between the Libyan Ports and Maritime Transport Authority and the Turkish “Temel” Company following a bidding process between relevant companies to conduct the studies and designs needed for reconstructing the Corniche area within the framework of finding a solution to the old wrecked Corniche along Tripoli’s shoreline. Continuer à lire … « Libya/Turkey – Transport ministry signs contract with Turkish company to maintain Tripoli’s Corniche »