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Why Russia Is Arming General Haftar in Libya


Politics, Geopolitics & Conflict

Libya continues to unravel, quietly, with indications mounting that rival governments are regrouping for something big. Earlier this week, aided by US intelligence, Italian authorities intercepted a cargo ship suspected of bringing Russian weapons to General Khalifa Haftar in eastern Libya. It is not without reason that his rival, interim prime minister Dbeibah in Tripoli has been growing increasingly nervous–quite publicly. Russia is arming Haftar in return for allowing Moscow to build a port on the Mediterranean coast, which would give it a base with Italy directly in its sites.

On the Russia-Ukraine war front, Ukraine launched a drone attack on a military base in Russia housing Iranian flight instructors. Three people were reportedly killed in the attack. “Red lines” are being crossed on a weekly basis at this point. The Biden administration appears to be moving closer to allowing military contractors to deploy to Ukraine (much like Russia’s Wagner), ostensibly to help Ukraine maintain and repair US weapons. After Putin’s pomp-and-circumstance visit to North Korea, media was abuzz with news that North Korean troops would be deployed to Ukraine–which was never actually announced by Pyongyang (and this all remains unverified, at best). The U.S. plans to confront Russia at the UN on Friday for supplying arms to North Korea.

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