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#1 Post by Boac » Fri May 22, 2020 9:47 am

Things 'warming up' in Libya with reports of 'Russian' Mig29s on the ground there and Turkish strike aircraft involved, possibly tanked on the way.

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#2 Post by barkingmad » Fri May 22, 2020 11:33 am

Can't find anything more recent than this from the 'Grauniad', 4 days ago.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/ ... ya-airbase

I doubt if the EU Operation Irini will have too much effect on land-borne troops coming in from neighbouring states?

With everyone looking down into microscopes searching for Covids it would appear top be a good time to kick off some action there in the hope that the big players will be suitably distracted? :-?

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#3 Post by Boac » Fri May 22, 2020 1:17 pm

There were reports of a supposed 'training exercise' involving Turkish aircraft that appears to have involved some possible 'training bomb dropping' on Libya..... I believe some Turkish 'assets' in Libya have been attacked. It is all quite confusing - it looks as if Turkey is fighting the Russian backed folk while cosying up to Russia at home?

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#4 Post by ian16th » Fri May 22, 2020 3:07 pm

Turkey seems to be getting very bolshie these days.

Should we send reinforcements to Akrotiri?
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#5 Post by Boac » Wed May 27, 2020 7:33 am

Further to my post above https://edition.cnn.com/2020/05/26/poli ... index.html (Note to Trumpanistas - you can ignore this, it is from CNN)

Russia is stepping up its miltary involvement in Libya. Note this excerpt from my link

"Earlier this month, the Russian Air Force jets flew from Russia to Khmeimim Air Base in Syria, where the MiG-29 jets were repainted to remove national markings, a US defense official told CNN.
The newly unmarked jets then departed Syria, escorted by Russian fighter aircraft based in Syria, and flew to Libya, landing in Eastern Libya near Tobruk for fuel, according to the official. The warplanes were then delivered to Al Jufra Air Base in Libya, closer to the front lines of the country's civil war."


Add in increased 'aggression' over the Eastern Med and fasten your seat belts https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/3 ... iterranean

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#6 Post by TheGreenGoblin » Wed May 27, 2020 8:49 am

Interesting to note that the Russian preferred Libyan warlord du jour is an ex-CIA stooge.

Who is Haftar...
The US administration has until recently taken no clear view on the Libyan civil war, but its assessment of the Russian intervention and dramatic warning about the wider implications for Europe’s security may be leading the US Department of State to offer clearer support to the UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli.

Some Libyan experts did not view the Russian jets as a threat to Europe but a deterrent against Turkish forces, which back the GNA, pushing for an offensive to drive Haftar out of Libya’s oil crescent. His forces have in effect closed Libya’s oil fields and blocked exports.

It has already been reported that mercenaries under the command of the Wagner Group, a Russian paramilitary organisation, have retreated from western Libya where they had been supporting Haftar’s year-long offensive to seize Tripoli.

Haftar’s forces, known as the Libyan National Army, have suffered a series of reverses in the past month and in reorganising their defence lines appear to have acknowledged that their Tripoli offensive is suspended.

But the US claimed that the retreat by the Wagner Group may not denote a wider Russian disengagement from Libya, saying the Russian planes were designed to support the group’s activities.
One will remember both Crimea's and Ukraine's ubiquitous little green men who appeared as Russia proxies were a mix of Wagner men with a small number of Russian officers in mufti. Another day, another country, similar modus operandi. Same inchoate foreign affairs policy from the USA.
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