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New Pics from Russian Presence in Libya

New Pics from Russian Presence in Libya 27 July, 2020

The US Army Command in Africa (Africom) released new satellite images on Friday (July 24th) regarding the Russian presence in Libya.

"Russia continues to play an unhelpful role in Libya by delivering supplies and equipment to the Wagner group," said U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Bradford Gering, AFRICOM director of operations. "Imagery continues to unmask their consistent denials."

According to Africom, these satellite images prove the presence of the Russian Wagner Group, a private military company that has been accused of collaborating directly with Moscow in various countries, including Syria and Libya.

The latest imagery details the extent of equipment being supplied to Wagner. Russian military cargo aircraft, including IL-76s, continue to supply Wagner fighters. Russian air defence equipment, including SA-22s, are present in Libya and operated by Russia, the Wagner Group or their proxies. Photos also show Wagner utility trucks and Russian mine-resistant, ambush-protected armoured vehicles are also present in Libya.

The Russian Federation has not yet commented on Africom's claims.

In May, U.S. Africa Command reported at least 14 Mig-29s and Su-24s had been flown from Russia to Syria, where their Russian markings were painted over to camouflage their origin. The aircraft was then flown into Libya, a violation of the UN arms embargo. U.S. Africa Command assesses that the warplanes are being actively flown in Libyan airspace.

U.S. Africa Command previously provided photographic evidence that Wagner has laid landmines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in civilian areas in and around Tripoli without regard to the safety of civilians.

New Pics from Russian Presence in Libya

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