The Telegraph: 300 Russian mercenaries aiding Khalifa Haftar in Libya

Alwasat - Cairo Mon 04 Mar 2019, 08:19 PM
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According to the The British Telegraph newspaper, hundreds of mercenaries linked to Russian military intelligence have been backing Marshal Khalifa Haftar's forces.

The private military company Wagner Group has been supporting Khalifa Haftar with 300 personnel in Benghazi and has supplied his Libyan National Army with artillery, tanks, drones and ammunition, a source told the Telegraph. 

A source close to the Libyan Russian Oil & Gas Joint Company started in Benghazi in April told The Telegraph that “lots of Wagner fighters went to Libya and there are rumours that military personnel also went there”.

A source at the Foreign Office said the elements were "closely linked to the Russian military intelligence" and that Wagner Group was linked to Yevgeny Prigozhin, a leading restaurant owner in Russia known as "Putin's chef." The United States imposed sanctions for his involvement in the intervention In the 2016 elections.

According to the report, Yevgeny Prigozhin was seen in a video sitting next to Marshal Haftar and the Russian defense Minister during talks in Moscow in November 2018. It noted that the information on the movements of aircraft showed that a private aircraft linked to Prigozhin was seen on radars frequently moving to and from Libya until January.

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