Russia Deploys Special Operations Forces In Western Egypt, Aims To Influence Situation In Libya – Reuters

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Russia Deploys Special Operations Forces In Western Egypt, Aims To Influence Situation In Libya - Reuters

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Russia has deployed special forces troops in an airbase in western Egypt, Reuters reported on March 13, citing “U.S., Egyptian and diplomatic sources”.

“The U.S. and diplomatic officials said any such Russian deployment might be part of a bid to support Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar, who suffered a setback with an attack on March 3 by the Benghazi Defence Brigades (BDB) on oil ports controlled by his forces.

The U.S. officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the United States has observed what appeared to be Russian special operations forces and drones at Sidi Barrani, about 60 miles (100 km) from the Egypt-Libya border.

Egyptian security sources offered more detail, describing a 22-member Russian special forces unit, but declined to discuss its mission. They added that Russia also used another Egyptian base farther east in Marsa Matrouh in early February,” Reuters’ article reads.

If true, it will indicate a deepening cooperation between Moscow and Cairo in security sphere which could lead to a notable impact on the ongoing conflict in Libya.

Egypt has repeatedly used its air force to pound terrorist targets across the Egyptian-Libyan border and is clearly interested in increasing security in the area.

However, Egyptian army spokesman Tamer al-Rifai denied the claims that Russian military servicemen had been deployed in the country.

“There is no foreign soldier from any foreign country on Egyptian soil. This is a matter of sovereignty,” he commented on the issue.

The Russian Defense Ministry also denied the report.

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  • Mikronos

    Russians trying to seat General Haftar is a bit of a switch, as well. Up until now he’s been the CIA’s chosen leader for Libya. Or he was until they elected a civilian government and he, and the Air Force went to the ‘revolutionary’ side of things.

  • Expo Marker

    It looks like Russia has to clean up the mess NATO created some 6 years ago.

    • Petros Tsemtsekis

      Yeah, a new imperialist in the the place of the old one. That’s what people of east Mediterranean need, right?

  • Brad Isherwood

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/14/russian-special-forces-deployed-in-egypt-near-libyan-border-report

    Guardian/Jew crying and mind f@.

    Egypt recieve money and weapons from USA….
    US/Israhell still angry over Gen SISI run Muslim Brotherhood off.
    Egypt has also backed away from close cooperation with Miserable House of Saud
    Schemes.

    Empire will be frustrated about Libya…..Moreso. …concerning a Egypt which is moving
    Away from their extortions

  • Real Anti-Racist Action

    Russia should push out the CIA brigades which are actively tearing Libya and Africa apart. And leave the people of African to mind their own business.
    The CIA just wants to import millions of more invaders to conquer the already beater tribal peoples of Europe for ultimate Zionist revenge against the Natives for ever opposing their global-Zionist-agendas.