Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Russian Special Forces Have Been Deployed To Egypt To Assist A 'Renegade' General In Libya

The Guardian: Russian special forces sent to back renegade Libyan general – reports

Deployment just over border in Egypt may be in support of Khalifa Haftar and aimed at gaining leverage over Libya’s eventual ruler

Russia appears to have deployed special forces to an airbase in western Egypt near the border with Libya in recent days, in a move that adds to US concerns about Moscow’s deepening role in Libya.

US and diplomatic officials said any such Russian involvement might be part of an attempt to support the Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar, who suffered a setback on 3 March with an attack on by the Benghazi Defence Brigades (BDB) on oil ports controlled by his forces.

The US officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Washington had observed what appeared to be Russian special operations forces and drones at Sidi Barrani, about 60 miles (100km) from the Egypt-Libya border.

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WNU Editor: Russia is denying these reports .... Russia Did Not Send Military Experts or Drones to Airbase in Egypt – Lawmaker (Sputnik). More denials here .... Top brass dismisses Western media’s alleged ‘leaks’ on Russian special forces in Egypt (TASS). But the Egyptian government is issuing no denials, and the government leader for eastern Libya is in Egypt looking for help .... Eastern government’s PM in Egypt to enlist military support (Libyan Express). This is also revealing on what is going to happen next .... Libya To Enact Arms Deal Signed With Russia During Gaddafi's Regime (Defense World).

More News On Russian Special Forces Being Deployed To Egypt To Assist A 'Renegade' General In Libya

Exclusive: Russia appears to deploy forces in Egypt, eyes on Libya role - sources -- Reuters
Reuters: Russia Apparently Deploys Forces Near Libyan Border In Egypt -- RFE
Russia dispatches special forces to western Egypt as concerns grow over military presence in Libya -- The Independent
Russia deploys troops in western Egypt as Putin eyes power in Libya -- International Business Times
Russia moving special forces into Libya -- Arutz Sheva
Russian special forces reportedly deployed to Egypt -- The Times of Israel/AP
Russia deploys special forces to Egypt to back renegade Libyan general -- i24news
Libya's Khalifa Haftar 'retakes oil ports from Islamist militia' -- BBC
Libya strongman launches assault on oil terminals -- AFP
Khalifa Haftar launches offensive on key oil ports -- Al Jazeera

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