Tag "libya"

Russia Just Lost One Of Fighter Jets Deployed In Libya?

South Front A video, allegedly showing a Russian-speaking pilot in Libya waiting for an evacuation helicopter after his aircraft had supposedly crashed, appeared online on September 7 causing a wave of speculation in mainstream media and among military enthusiasts. The clip shows a white-and-orange parachute on the ground, in a desert-like environment, and the Russian-speaking person claims that his aircraft was shot down at around 70km and that he ejected

Turkish Forces Lick Wounds After Airstrikes Hit Their Base In Libya

South Front After a short break, the military confrontation between the Libyan National Army mainly backed up by Egypt and the UAE and the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord has once again entered an open phase. On July 5, aircraft of the Libyan National Army conducted nine pinpoint airstrikes on the Turkish-operated al-Watiya Air Base in western Libya. According to the LNA, the strikes destroyed a Hawk air-defense system, several

Battle Of Sirte

https://southfront.org/battle-of-sirte/ The Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) and Syrian militant groups with a direct support from Turkey are preparing for a new attempt to capture the port city of Sirte from the Libyan National Army (LNA). After the first failed attempt earlier this month, Turkish-backed factions have deployed additional reinforcements to the frontline west of the city. This included artillery pieces, battle tanks and a large number of pickups

Egypt Sends Battle Tanks To Libyan Border As Haftar Forces Retreat Under Turkish Strikes

South Front The Turkish involvement in the Libyan conflict allowed the Government of National Accord (GNA) to turn the tide of the battle of Tripoli and even develop further success by expanding control over a notable chunk of northern Libya. After capturing Tripoli International Airport last week, GNA forces and Syrian militant groups with a direct support from the Turkish Armed Forces forced the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by

Russian Warplanes In Libya

South Front The US has finally discovered whom to blame for the ongoing escalation of the conflict in Libya. On May 26, the US African Command (AFRICOM) claimed that Russia had deployed warplanes to Libya to support the Libyan National Army of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar. It said that Russia is expanding its “military footprint in Africa using government-supported mercenary groups like Wagner”. According to the US military, “If Russia

Turkey Dives Into Libyan Conflict

Southfront The Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) and Syrian militants supported by the Turkish military have achieved more gains in their battle against the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar. GNA forces have captured the areas of Asabiah and Mazdah from the LNA and besieged the town of Tarhuna. On May 23, pro-Turkish sources even claimed that alleged Russian private military contractors operating on the

Thousands Turkish Proxy Fighters Flood Into Libya Amid Berlin Peace Talks

https://southfront.org/thousands-turkish-proxy-fighters-flood-into-libya-amid-berlin-peace-talks/ Turkey is increasing its military involvement in the Libyan conflict. After officially sending its military advisers and officers to support the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), Turkey set up air defense systems near Mitiga Airport. The airport hosts warplanes of the GNA Air Force, and Turkish-supplied Bayraktar TB2 combat drones. According to photos and videos available online, the deployed Turkish systems included the MIM-23 Hawk, the ACV-30 Korkut

Underwhelming Turkish Invasion Of Libya

https://southfront.org/underwhelming-turkish-invasion-of-libya/ In early 2020, Libya became one of the main hot points in the Greater Middle East with stakes raised by Turkey’s decision to launch a military operation there. On January 5, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Turkey had sent troops to Libya to support the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA). No Turkish soldiers will reportedly participate in direct fighting. Instead, they will create an operation center and

Haftar Forces Launch Push To Encircle Tripoli

Libyan War Report – Apr. 30, 2019: Haftar Forces Launch Push To Encircle Tripoli The new battle for Tripoli entered its fourth week. Since April 4, when Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar officially announced its Operation Flood of Dignity, the Libyan National Army (LNA) has reached Ayn Zara, but has not been able to capture it and reach the city itself. At the same time, the LNA has gained control of

A New Battle For Tripoli: Preconditions and Prospects

https://southfront.org/a-new-battle-for-tripoli-preconditions-and-prospects/ Libya has been in a state of the constant chaos since the NATO intervention in 2011. After the fall of the government of Muammar Gaddafi, the country fell into the hands of warrying armed factions, many of which were linked to radical Islamist groups. Al-Qaeda and then ISIS strengthened and expanded their presence in the country. The erupted humanitarian crisis has never been fully overcome. A high level of

Libyan War, Syrian War And Qatar Crisis

https://southfront.org/libyan-war-syrian-war-and-qatar-crisis/ Written and produced by SF Team: J.Hawk, Daniel Deiss, Edwin Watson; Voiceover by Oleg Maslov If you’re able, and if you like our content and approach, please support the project. Our work wouldn’t be possible without your help: PayPal: [email protected] or via: http://southfront.org/donate/ or via: https://www.patreon.com/southfront The war in Libya was caused not so much by any internal dissent but rather by the West’s need for continued economic expansion, which

World SITREP Heads and Tails

Pentagon has finally discovered a “link between Russia and Libyan commander Haftar” Marine General Thomas Waldhauser, the head of U.S. forces in Africa told reporters on Friday March 24 that there was an “undeniable” link between Russia and powerful Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar, underscoring U.S. concerns about Moscow’s deepening role in Libya.” as Reuters reported. General Khalifa Haftar, commander in the Libyan National Army (LNA), visit to Moscow was announced

Naval Brief 02/17 January 14th, 2017 by LeDahu

The wider scene “Maritime reconnaissance near Russian territorial waters has intensified by 50 percent.” Libya Last week, an unconfirmed report was circulated on social media, announcing a Russian navy missile firing exercise off the Libyan coast, between Benghazi and Tobruk, (08-11 Jan). If indeed there was really a NOTAM released on this, then it suggested activity by the  “Admiral Kuznetsov” group, (whose last confirmed AIS location was SW of Crete).

The Caucasus, Libya, Egypt, Syria, Hezbollah and an appeal to my Muslim readers

Back from my short trip I want to share with you a hodge-podge of observations and thoughts.  Let’s begin by the Caucasus. Two things are happening simultaneously in Chechnia, Dagestan: Wahabi insurgents have embarked on a systematic campaign of terror against non-Wahabi Muslim clerics and scholars.  This is happening against a background of major losses for the Wahabi insurgency whose leaders are being killed by the Russian security forces one

1992-2011 bis repetita…

To my absolute dismay, what is happening with Libya is a complete remake of what happened in Bosnia.  A quasi-instantaneous armed insurrection, followed by a civil war, followed by a no-fly zone, followed by a peace plan accepted by the “bad guys” and rejected by the “good guys” and now, it appears, followed by the very same Europeans seriously considering sending in “peacekeeping” troops.  They even (re-)created a NATO kangaroo

Libya rebels: Gaddafi could be right about al-Qaeda

Two documents suggest northeast Libya, centre of rebellion, is an al-Qaeda hotspot By Alexander Cockburn for The First Post reports: The war on Libya now being waged by the US, Britain and France must surely rank as one of the stupidest martial enterprises, smaller in scale to be sure, since Napoleon took it into his head to invade Russia in 1812. Let’s start with the fierce hand-to-hand combat between members

Libya : popular uprising, civilian war or military attack?

Note: I am publishing this interview “for your information”, as an interesting discussion. I am neither endorsing nor denouncing the views of Mohammed Hassan. I will say that Michel Collon is one of the very best reporters in Europe for whom I have a great deal of respect. The Saker Investig’Action reports: Over the last three weeks there have been confrontations between troops loyal to Colonel Gaddafi and opposition forces based

Sickening display of imperial sabre-rattling

I just heard these two clowns – Obama and Cameron – looking all macho, with fire in their eyes, making all sorts of threats against Gaddafi and the sight of these two corporate suits trying to sound marital just made me sick to my guts. It was like watching a bad remake of the movie “Dubya and his poodle Blair”. And I am still fuming about Russia’s cowardly and self-defeating