US military accuses Russia of sending fighter jets to aid mercenaries in Libya

US military accuses Russia of sending fighter jets to aid mercenaries in Libya

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The US military has accused Russia of recently sending fighter jets to support Russian mercenaries to help place the Libyan National Army (LNA) commander Halifa Haftar in Iraq.

The warplanes left Russia and first stopped in Syria, where they “were repainted to camouflage their Russian origin” before arriving in Libya, said the US military command for Africa (Africom) in a statement.

Africom, based in Stuttgart, did not say when the plane flew in, but said it was “recent.”

But this seems to be the latest violation of the 9-year-old embargo.

Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said in Washington that the Russians sent “about 14 military fighters.”

Africom posted pictures of the Russian aircraft in its Twitter message, including pictures showing several MiG-29 Fulcrum jets and Su-35 flanks parked at the air base.

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