Communist Bloc Military Updates/Africa File: Russia increases military footprint in Libyan civil war, backs Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, internationally recognized government in Tobruk, deploys special forces, UAVs to air base at Sidi Barrani, Egypt, 60 miles from Libyan border, previous deployments further east in Marsa Matrouh in early Feb.; Council of Deputies chair Aguila Saleh Issa: “We asked the Russian government to help us with training the soldiers in our armed forces and the repair of military equipment by Russian specialists because the majority of our officers studied in Russia and many speak the Russian language and know how to use Russian equipment”; Haftar made 2 trips to Moscow in 2016, welcomed Russian aircraft carrier to Tobruk in Jan., but Russian Defense Ministry (predictably) denies everything; Russia’s RSB private security firm sent 2 dozen armed contractors to Benghazi last year on de-mining mission; Rosneft inks agreement with Libyan National Oil Corp. to redevelop oilfields devastated by ISIS attacks; US Marine Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, head of Africa Command, during Mar. 9 Senate hearing: “Russia is trying to exert influence on the ultimate decision of who becomes, and what entity becomes, in charge of the government inside Libya”

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One response to “Communist Bloc Military Updates/Africa File: Russia increases military footprint in Libyan civil war, backs Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, internationally recognized government in Tobruk, deploys special forces, UAVs to air base at Sidi Barrani, Egypt, 60 miles from Libyan border, previous deployments further east in Marsa Matrouh in early Feb.; Council of Deputies chair Aguila Saleh Issa: “We asked the Russian government to help us with training the soldiers in our armed forces and the repair of military equipment by Russian specialists because the majority of our officers studied in Russia and many speak the Russian language and know how to use Russian equipment”; Haftar made 2 trips to Moscow in 2016, welcomed Russian aircraft carrier to Tobruk in Jan., but Russian Defense Ministry (predictably) denies everything; Russia’s RSB private security firm sent 2 dozen armed contractors to Benghazi last year on de-mining mission; Rosneft inks agreement with Libyan National Oil Corp. to redevelop oilfields devastated by ISIS attacks; US Marine Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, head of Africa Command, during Mar. 9 Senate hearing: “Russia is trying to exert influence on the ultimate decision of who becomes, and what entity becomes, in charge of the government inside Libya”

  1. mah29001 March 22, 2017 at 3:57 am

    Egypt has fallen back into Russian influence, thanks to the Obama backed Muslim Brotherhood being ousted. Instead of a “democratic” revolt, there was an MB led revolt organized by the Soviet mole allegedly by himself when he first traveled to Egypt to give a speech.

    Didn’t change a thing for Egypt.

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