Saturday, March 11, 2017

What Is Russia Doing In Libya?

General Khalifa Haftar, commander in the Libyan National Army (LNA), leaves after a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Russia, November 29, 2016. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File Photo

Reuters: Exclusive: Russian private security firm says it had armed men in east Libya

A force of several dozen armed private security contractors from Russia operated until last month in a part of Libya that is under the control of regional leader Khalifa Haftar, the head of the firm that hired the contractors told Reuters.

It is the clearest signal to date that Moscow is prepared to back up its public diplomatic support for Haftar -- even at the risk of alarming Western governments already irked at Russia's intervention in Syria to prop up President Bashar al-Assad.

Haftar is opposed to a U.N.-backed government which Western states see as the best chance of restoring stability in Libya. But some Russian policy-makers see the Libyan as a strongman who can end the six years of anarchy that followed the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi.

Read more ....

Update #1: What is Russia’s thinking on Libya? (Vasily Kuznetsov, Al-Monitor)
Update #2: AFRICOM commander voices concern over Russian meddling in Libya (Military Times)

WNU Editor: Libya has been in chaos since the overthrow of Qaddafi .... and the U.N./Europe/U.S. have not been helpful in stabilising the situation. So it is not surprising that some of these militia leaders are looking elsewhere .... Russia's Position in the Med Prompts One More Arab Country to Seek Moscow's Help (Sputnik).


James said...

I know it's not very profound, but I love that hat. It's almost....cleared for takeoff runway 2.

Aizino Smith said...

Qaddafi made peace after 2003.

Thus Bush left him alone.

Qaddafi gave up is nuclear, biological & chemical programs. There were no more terrorists attacks 2003 to 2011, Pan Am 103 or Berlin nightclub.

Then the liberal messiah Obama came along

Yes, Gadaffi duck did invade a country although few Canadians could name it much less find it on a map. Liberals could care less, if 'brown' people' die or are dispossessed.

Mind you that Gadaffi had already been kicked out of said country thanks to one of our allies. It had already been 3 presidential terms ago by the time GWB took the oath. So there was no need except to trust and verify. We signed the agreements and inspected the WMD facilities. The CIA was shocked by how advanced they were.

Here is arch-liberal WaaaaaaahPo's hit piece.

Real facts, but the way the assemble the facts makes it a hit piece and fake news.

Donald Trump wanted Moammar Gaddafi’s money

Meanwhile, when Gadaffi visited NYC the liberal minds of mush on campus flocked to see him.

If it is not Western your average libtard will lap it up.

"Lap lap, lap, lap, lap,..."

Gadaffi was a hero of Liberals
Amnesty International HUMAN RIGHTS HERO: Muammar Al Gaddafi

The Monitor Group: Gaddafi's PR firm used academics

So called liberal academics like being used, misused, abused and put away wet.

They are liberals LULZ!

Aizino Smith said...

That hat might make inroads into America depending on fuel prices.

I seem to remember a liberated GI hat that had cheek pieces too.

Right now the vagaries of style & relative affluence f economics rule out such a hat.

But that is funny. "Ready for take off"

fred lapides said...

Your diatribe about liberals is just plain nonsense.
Here, then, is a clear cut analysis of our involvement in that nation.
You really ought to begin by tossing your huge anti Libitard bias aside. It is no better than the same use of such insulting references I see on tabloid comments. Clearly, if over 50 % of American voters vote for someone other than a person you support, you are insulting a majority.
This "libitard" served his nation in a war. What did you do to make America Great?

Aizino Smith said...

"Here, then, is a clear cut analysis of our involvement in that nation."
A currency to compete with the dollar and euro? Obama is all onboard with that.
I use to by Foreign Affairs and other such magazines thinking that they were worth something. I'll stick by some articles I read in Foreign Affairs. But really this Foreign Policy Journal article is a black eye on the publication.

Basically, the French president and Italian Prime minister shamed Obama into going in. Obama thought that he could get a quick win against a small military. Gadaffi deliberately structured his military so that there was nothing large than 2 battalions or something like that so as to preclude a coup. Obama-duck walked over Gadaffi-duck. Obama-duck had less of a plan and absolutely no reason to attack Libya.

China and Russia have trying for almost a decade to get another currency to compete with the dollar and the euro. Soros wants one; funny he wants that and he has not been drone or otherwise assassinated. There was an article in Foreign Affairs about going to a world currency pone with 'special drawing rights'. I'll have to web search it because I threw it out 4 or 5 years ago.

Competition to the dollar might be welcome. the reason as Zerohedge pointed out is that being a reserve currency allows the U.S. to print money. Printing money and papering over the mismanagement of the country by Libitards enables the Libitards to stay in power until the very end.

" Clearly, if over 50 % of American voters vote for someone other than a person you support, you are insulting a majority."

Hitler had 100 or more scientists say Einstein to was wrong. Hitler had 99% of the scientific consensus/vote, so by your Libitard reasoning Hitler was right and Einstein was wrong.

Switching centuries optimates and populares had 50% of the vote or more. They rabble-roused, they paid for the mobs, they had their mobs kill people.

Having 50% of the vote means what in a political spoils system? A successful 'military' campaign by a polyglot coalition?

"This "libitard" served his nation in a war. What did you do to make America Great?"
I have a campaign badge.

Anonymous said...

If you take away all illegal votes Trump won the popular vitems also loser.