They are flown by Russian military members & escorted by Russian fighters based in Syria to Libya, landing in Eastern Libya near Tobruk for fuel. At least 14 newly unmarked Russian aircraft are then delivered to Al Jufra Air Base in Libya. (2/2) pic.twitter.com/bB9g66pVUc
— US AFRICOM (@USAfricaCommand) May 27, 2020
It’s now clear that the Kremlin has launched a major airpower intervention into the country.
The U.S. military’s top command for operations in Africa says that Russia has sent at least 14 combat jets to Libya and that Russian military pilots are flying them. It has also released additional satellite imagery shot last week showing two MiG-29 Fulcrums at Al Jufrah Air Base in the center of that country. This comes a day after it first revealed evidence that the Kremlin had sent the aircraft to bolster forces fighting on behalf of strongman Khalifa Haftar against Libya’s U.N.-recognized government.
U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) Tweeted out the new imagery and information on May 27, 2020. The satellite images are dated May 20, a day before the first reports began to emerge that Russian MiG-29s, as well as Su-24 Fencers, had touched down in Libya.
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WNU Editor: Here is an easy prediction. The war in Libya is about to escalate significantly.
U.S. Africa Command Releases Additional Images, Details About The “At Least” 14 Russian Jets Deployed To Libya — The Aviationist
U.S. Military Says Russia Flew 14 MiG 29s and Su-24s to Libya — New York Times
Russian ‘camouflaged’ fighter jets deployed to Libya to back rebel airstrikes on capital: US military — FOX News
Russia delivers fighter jets to Libya over Syria: US — Anadolu Agency
U.S. Accuses Russia Of Sending Jets To Libya To Support Mercenaries — RFE
What Is Russia Doing in Libya? Pentagon Warns of Escalation As Putin Sends Fighter Jets — Newsweek