US Army: Russian mercenaries planted land mines into Libya

The U.S. Africa Control, or AFRICOM, stated confirmed photographic proof reveals”indiscriminately placed booby traps and minefields” across the outskirts of Tripoli and the way west toward the tactical coastal town of Sirte because of mid-June.

There was no immediate comment from Russia or the Wagner Group, a Kremlin-backed personal security business that’s been implicated in the battle from the North African nation.

AFRICOM stated it assessed the Kremlin-backed firm introduced the weapons into Libya. It posted photographs of improvised explosive devices along with a hidden anti-personnel mine, supposedly located at a residential place in Tripoli.

“Imagery and intelligence evaluations show how Russia has been interfering with Libyan affairs.

Libya was plunged into chaos when a NATO-backed uprising at 2011 toppled longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi who was afterward murdered. The nation is currently divided between a government in the east, allied with army commander Khalifa Hifter, and also yet one in Tripoli, at the west, backed by the United Nations.

Hifter’s self-styled forces launched an offensive to capture Tripoli this past year, clashing with militias loosely allied with the authorities there. Hifter is endorsed by the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Russia, although the Tripoli forces are helped by Turkey, Qatar, and Italy.

In the previous 3 months, Hifter’s forces have dropped nearly all regions taken from the offensive on Tripoli since Turkey stepped up military aid because of his rivals and attracted Syrian mercenaries, such as militants, to struggle in Libya.

Last month, the U.S. Army accused Moscow of deploying 14 Mig-29s fighters to Libya to encourage Russian mercenaries to help Hifter’s forces. Russia is known as the promise”disinformation.”

“The Wagner Group’s reckless approaches are prolonging battle and are accountable to the needless suffering and the deaths of innocent civilians,” said Marine Maj. Gen. Bradford Gering, manager of operations in the U.S. Africa Control.

U.N. specialists have stated the Wagner Group supplied between 800-1,200 mercenaries to reinforce Hifter’s offensive on Tripoli, paying up some fighters to $1,500 per month.

The two sides from Libya’s civil war have been mobilizing for months for conflict for the town of Sirte.

Retaking Sirte would provide Tripoli forces an opportunity to acquire control of oil fields and centers at the south which Hifter had previously captured.

However, Egypt, a Hifter ally, warned last month that an assault on Sirte would activate an Egyptian army intervention, supposedly to protect Egypt’s western boundary. Libya’s east-based Parliament has called on Egypt to send troops when Sirte is assaulted.