According to the UN-recognised Federal Government of National Accord (GNA), more than 1,000 Wagner fighters left a location south of Tripoli aboard Russian transportation aircrafts, having actually been pressed back by GNA soldiers.
That evacuation was not confirmed by Gen Haftar’s eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA), nor by Russia.
The US Africom declaration on Tuesday stated: “Moscow recently deployed military fighter airplane to Libya in order to support Russian state-sponsored private military professionals (PMCs) running on the ground there.”
” Russian military aircraft are most likely to offer close air support and offensive fires for the Wagner Group PMC that is supporting the Libyan National Army’s fight,” it stated.
” The Russian fighter airplane arrived in Libya, from an airbase in Russia, after transiting Syria where it is examined they were repainted to camouflage their Russian origin.”
Turkey is supporting the GNA in Tripoli, and Turkey’s Sabah newspaper earlier reported that eight Russian MiG-29 and Su-24 warplanes had actually flown from Syria to Libya to assist the LNA.
United States Army Gen Stephen Townsend, commanding Africom, said: “Russia is plainly trying to tip the scales in its favour in Libya … utilizing government-supported mercenary groups like Wagner”.
” We saw as Russia flew fourth generation jet fighters to Libya – every action of the method.