Published: November 07, 2019
A recent deployment of Russian mercenaries in Libya is part of a plan by Moscow to extend its influence in north Africa and the Middle East that has gone virtually unchallenged by the West, according to defence analysts.
More than 200 Russian mercenaries, supported by armed drones, fighter aircraft and precision-guided artillery, have raised the stakes in Libya’s five-year civil war in which Moscow is backing Khalifa Haftar, the self-proclaimed field marshal who operates from eastern Libya. The mercenaries are believed to be from the private Wagner group, which also operates on Russia’s behalf in Syria, Mozambique and the Central African Republic.
Marshal Haftar is fighting a coalition of forces in western Libya that support the government in Tripoli, which is recognised by the US… source