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Russian Mercenaries Are Digging ‘Super Trench’ In Libya: CNN Report

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Russian Mercenaries Are Digging 'Super Trench' In Libya: CNN Report

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On January 22nd, CNN reported that “Russian-backed mercenaries Wagner” are digging a massive trench across Libya.

It is unclear what it is for, but it is “raising fears that foreign fighters will not withdraw from the country by Saturday [January 23rd], as an UN-brokered peace deal insists.”

Unnamed US officials are also concerned over the goals of the mythical mercenaries. CNN refers to them as “Kremlin allies”, there is surprisingly no mention of “Putin’s Chef Yevgeny Prigozhin” who is always mentioned as “Wagner” alleged owner.

The trench reportedly extends dozens of kilometers south from the populated coastal areas around Sirte towards al-Jufra. It can be seen on satellite imagery and is bolstered by a series of elaborate fortifications.

The trench and fortifications appear designed to impede or stop a land attack on the areas in the east that are under the protection of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA).

The Turkey-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) has posted images of excavators and trucks creating the ditch and berm that runs alongside it and said that work appeared ongoing as recently as in January 2021.

The trench, an unnamed US intelligence official said, is another reason “we see no intent or movement by either Turkish or Russian forces to abide by the UN-brokered agreement. This has the potential to derail an already fragile peace process and ceasefire. It will be a really difficult year ahead.”

Open-source monitoring says it has mapped a series of more than 30 defensive positions dug into the desert and hillsides that stretch for about 70 kilometres.

Russian Mercenaries Are Digging 'Super Trench' In Libya: CNN Report

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Satellite imagery from Maxar, seems to show both the trench stretching along a main road, and the fortifications.

Salaheddin Al-Namroush GNA Defense Minister, told CNN the following:

“I don’t think anyone digging a trench today and making these reinforcements is leaving anytime soon.”

Claudia Gazzini, from the International Crisis Group, said that the trench was “indeed worrying,” and that talk of it “has been circulating between diplomats for the past few weeks. It is ongoing and would suggest Moscow is keen to cement its presence in Libya.”

Gazzini added there were repeated reports that both sides continued to maintain and build a presence of foreign mercenaries, with the GNA also accused of boosting its supplies of military equipment, under a public deal with Turkey to support its armed forces.

In a confirmation of the trenches, LNA’s Major General Khaled al-Mahjoub, confirmed to CNN the existence of the trenches to CNN, but described them as “temporary” sand barriers and trenches, in “an open area… for defense and fighting.”

He denied the presence of 2,000 Wagner mercenaries, and said there were Russian consultants “announced a long time ago.”

Still, CNN didn’t believe that as it cited “a confidential UN report in June, obtained by CNN described the Wagner fighters as “an effective force multiplier.”

Notably, Turkey also doesn’t plan to go anywhere.

It’s not hiding the fact that it wants a permanent presence, posting images of its military giving the GNA “Base Defence Training”.

“It’s a comprehensive effort,” said an anonymous US official. “They’re constructing facilities, bringing in personnel and equipment. They’ve got the HAWK air defense missile batteries, 3D [KALAKAN] radar.”

There is no evidence of any presence from the mythical “Wagner PMC” in this area and also there is also no evidence that any Russians are actually building the trenches there, and it is not simply the LNA preparing for a temporary situation, as it said itself.

“Russian policy in Libya is opaque — what Russia wants to do. From evidence on the ground, it sounds like they want to consolidate their influence, or want to find a way out,” Gazini was cited by CNN.

Still, the unnamed US official, said that the Russian build-up amounted now to significant personnel and advanced equipment, but one that presented ethical concerns. “Fourth generation fighter jets and Pantsir missile systems are being operated by a less capable, poorly-trained Wagner mercenaries,” the official said.

“There are complex challenges in Libya, including al Qaeda and ISIS, and mercenaries with their poor level of training, experience, and lack of respect for human rights and international law, make those weapons systems in those hands the most concerning.”

Finally, an anonymous “Western Diplomat” also said that Haftar wished for a prolonged conflict in Libya, to preserve his “relevance.”

“He becomes irrelevant overnight if the conflict finishes,” said the diplomat. “And it if does not finish on his terms he becomes vulnerable to war crimes allegations etcetera.”

The CNN report is entirely based on several satellite images that show that there are, in fact, trenches and fortifications. The LNA said they were temporary, but of course they would. Then all citations, apart from an individual who is part of the International Crisis Group, are of entirely anonymous sources.

The main goal of such articles is to paint the Russians and the LNA (which is in fact mostly backed up by the UAE and Egypt) as the destabilizing force in Libya. So more such ‘investigations’ are expected to come.


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Rodney Loder

Why would Chinese / Russian imperialism be any different than US imperialism, ?.
It wouldn’t , Russia is helping in Syria because of vested interests that’s all.
Only Allah (swt) has the answer, for example the ability to create Israel by maggot Jew was caused by the use the Allies had of Jews during the WW1 stopping Muslims in India supporting Turkey, the maggots took full advantage of the position they found themselves in after the Balfour Declaration when the US signed up Allah (swt) had the maggots where He (swt) wanted them, exposing their true evil satanic selves in undeniable fashion.

Many Russia Christians are Jews in disguise and it was they who sabotaged the Soviet Union and exported it’s wealth to evil purpose, these are the Russian mercenaries in Libya.


Well stated.. Zio terrorist jews are the children of lucifer

Rodney Loder

Agreed, it’s no use applying the good Jew bad Jew thing, because wars are inevitable and something we all have to live with because of the Malthusian predictions have come true and the Roman concept of property ownership guarantes cultural and ideological wars forever, so Judgement can’t be base on war rhetoric or ideology, Judgment is based only on being a part of a successful Religion at a particular time, otherwise we’d all be agnostics.

Jews are all agnostics same as some of their Christian counterparts, what we perceive and know-about can’t be replaced by what we want no matter how much we try because perception is caused by history and pre-history, Jews are just a fraction of a figment of imagination.


Thanks for that perspective bro

Rodney Loder

Cool, maybe I should have made it better clear, Jews aren’t the Children of Israel, why the Samaritans never revealed what happened to the 10 missing tribes is a mystery that only I know.

Lone Ranger

BS alert

Lone Ranger

How many countries did the U.S. invade?
Killing tens id millions since the end if WWII.
Economic sanctions and warfare.
Destroying whole societies.
Running terrorists, human and drug trafficking world wide.
Compared to the fallen crumbling satanic Pedo Empire Russia and China are boy scouts.

Alberto Garza

give the chinese a little time im pretty sure they will make the american look like the boyscouts they shit over every minority and have no regard for human lives as all communists do .


3000 years is not a little time, they rarely going war past their border

Jihadi Colin


Because if China nor Russia is imperialist, since neither has attacked any country, neither has instigated coups in any country, neither has created a worldwide empire of bases, and neither has demanded any other country follow its orders or be subject to sanctions and/or invasion, their imperialism is a pretty strange kind of imperialism.

That’s why.

Alberto Garza

china have taken the south china sea fron its neghbors its trying to take indian land and even declared eastern russia as chinese land .

Rodney Loder

China was not in a position to be imperialist but that has changed, I think if China doesn’t become imperialist it will get swallowed up by France and others of a like mindedness, the honeymoon has ended for China.

China now has to get real, or go under, and the Russian Federation is just finding its feet, Russia supports the defacto ruler of KSA we all know what that means.

Jihadi Colin

A country that culturally thinks of itself as The Middle Kingdom (between heaven and earth) and is commercial to the core is not one that goes looking for “inferior” nations to conquer. China wouldn’t even have updated its military if Clinton had not sent aircraft carriers through the Taiwan Straits in 1995.

The Objective

Russia and China, especially Russia, shows the tendency for this kind of imperialism. You forget that the Soviet Union (an imperialistic alliance) was run by Russia. They’ve invaded several countries in the name of communism.
That imperialistic blood still runs in Russia’s veins. But the challenges today are much bigger than those of yesterday. That’s why the Russians have not succeeded in creating any new puppet governments around the world. They are instead fighting to prop-up the puppets they inherited from the Soviet Union (Syria, Belarus, Armenia etc). But it’s far from certain if Russia can protect the collapse of these puppet regimes of the Soviet era.
You know, the whole thing is pretty funny. It’s really funny how the U.S is creating problems for Russia in Russia’s former spheres of influence, while at the same time saddling the Kremlin with vicious sanctions. I’d say the Russians deserve it, although I’m not particularly in support of the U.S.
Massive protests are brewing in Russia that may eclipse the 2014 protest. If things go wrong, then Russia becomes increasingly difficult for Putin to handle. Imagine what happens to his oversees projects should the planned protests get out of hand.

Jihadi Colin

1. Russia is not the USSR.
2. The other republics in the USSR, bar Ukraine and Belarus, got far more from the national treasury than they contributed to it – the exact opposite of how imperialism works.
3. “Massive protests” like what? 10 thousand? 50 thousand? I’m sure that’ll bring Putin down ??

The Objective

Putin won’t take your advice to underestimate an uprising. Toppling a government can start like a play of boys.

Kenny Jones ™

Putin is a Jew?

Rodney Loder

No unless he converted in secret from Orthodox, which would be something Yeltsin probably done just to be the odd man out most Jew Oligarchs were converting to Orthodox for political cover, and Putin’s mother was staunchly Christian. Jews had a bad name in Russia after the collapse because they absconded with all their loot, even trucks and concrete mixers were taken, luckily the price of oil saved Russia before fracking, Allah (swt) made it happen that way because He (swt) could, which was due to Paradigm Prophecies that I helped implement, gosh that was a long time ago. Not sure about Yeltsin so correct me if I’m wrong.


this isnt a super trench but the work for a military base and certainly not a small one


These fortifications would help LNA and allies from being outflanked by GNA forces in case of battles around and south of Sirte. The fortifications seemed extensive where artillery, MLRS and dug in tanks could be deployed stretching the frontal exposure of GNA and Turkish forces, whereby they would be vulnerable to a flanking attack.


This sort of reminds me of the WW2 battles along the coast of N Africa. On the El Alamein line the British only had to maintain a line to the impassable Qatara depression, so Rommel cold not outflank them.

The Objective

Only that history does not contain the hi-tech battlefield of the modern world.


Indeed so.

The Objective

As if the GNA and Turkish forces will foolishly march into that trap.
Waves of Bayraktars would be sent in to bomb the hell out of those trenches first, then Libya’s legitimate soldiers and their allies move in to clear the remains. a few or several Bayraktas would be lost, but the loss is worth the price of Sirte and Jufra.
To me, this is a sign of a lack of confidence by Haftar’s militias. They don’t feel confident enough to defend this vital piece of land from the GNA and its allies. Thus, the GNA is not digging trenches. They are confident to defend themselves without trenches.
Turkey is the only country invited by the legitimate government of Libya. So, Erdogan is legally obliged to fight to the last ditch in Libya. From the massive Turkish deployment of forces, the strong man (Erdogan) shows a willingness to take this challenge head-on.


“”” As if the GNA and Turkish forces will foolishly march into that trap.”””
If they tried to attack Sirte they could not outflank the city by bypassing it.

“”” Waves of Bayraktars would be sent in to bomb the hell out of those trenches first, ”””
There would be no waves of Bayaraktars because Turkey dos not have air superiority, the Russian MiG 29 and air defenses would take care of the drones and few Turkish F16s.

“”” To me, this is a sign of a lack of confidence by Haftar’s militias. They don’t feel confident enough to defend this vital piece of land from the GNA and its allies. ”””

No, this is a strategy to defend a large area economically by neutralizing any enemy mobility.

The Objective

We’ll see

Fog of War

Russians helping CIA dog Haftar, how telling.


Decks Cleared For Entry Of Kh-M2 ‘Kinzhal’ Hypersonic Missile Into Russian Navy

The Russian Navy is all set to induct the much-hyped Kh-M2 Kinzhal hypersonic missile into service, Russian daily Izvestia reports. It is claimed that these missiles cannot be intercepted by any existing air defense system.


Some should be sent to Syria to destroy isrealhell bases everytime they attack Syria

The Objective

The problem is, if Russia attacks a militarily strong country, there’ll be retaliation, which the Kinzhal missile cannot stop either.


all your knowledge on military stuff is jack sh*t

Kenny Jones ™

From Sirte to Tripoli in 2 seconds

Dick Von Dast'Ard

UN backed Al Qaeda run govt… GNA.

The Objective

Kremlin-backed ISIS run govt … LNA

Dick Von Dast'Ard

I didn’t realize it was Israeli run…
Normally ISIS is in bed with the axis of evil… Washington, Tel Aviv and London.

Ryan Glantz

so what kinda archeological stuff is under the ground where they’re building this complex out?

Johnny B. Allan

These are wagner UAE merceneries hired and paid by UAE. They are UAE mercenaries period. Turkey can run over all these weak merceneries including haftar within a week but the only deterence is Egypt and both countries or international community want such big war it will derail world trade network via the suez-canal so no wants that conflict

The Objective

The best solution is for the International community, especially the U.S, to force all parties to stand down and give way to true democracy. there should be a nation-wide ceasefire monitored by the U.N. and followed by transparent elections. Whoever the majority of Libyans vote as their leader gets to rule the country. But Haftar and his allies don’t want such a solution. They prefer dictatorship by force of arms. Thank God Turkey stopped them.
Turkey has no problem with a democratic solution, knowing its allies (those who some of you call Islamist) are the most likely to win.


CNN Reported” Is this a joke? Credibillity 0% Fake-News BS Propaganda 100%.

Kenny Jones ™

But it could be true, since the Turks want Sirte more lately, and Russia wants to keep it


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Jihadi Colin

Someone needs to keep reminding these people that until 2011 Libya had no Ottoman *or* putative Russian presence, and that the current situation is entirely the fault of Sarkonazi of France, the pig-necrophiliac Cameron of Brutain, and most of all CNN’s own gods Killary Clinton and the mass murdering child droning war criminal Barack Hussein Obama.

Icarus Tanović

What is wrong with you people? This is a sign of peace to aliens from flying sources.


Guys…Guys.. … did you see the photo with the shape of the ditch ?? It is the sign of the “Spear” … this symbol existed in the Kadmeia Acropolis of Thebes.

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The key factor in all this controversy is exclusively the history and prehistory of ancient Ammonia or Leah or Laboua or Lobia or Libya, the former home of Atlantis, as it was known in antiquity.. So it is neither the camels nor the oil nor the good climate that magnetize the two factions in Libya, but the behind-the-scenes effort to maintain some old division and agreement that returns to order after World War II.

Based on the ancient division and the inviolable vows made for it, the dividing line of the two factions is the axis Mecca – Jerusalem – Istanbul. As a matter of fact, today’s Russia has no place in Libya. Libya belongs to the Atlantic Plain, hence the ancient name “Atlantic Housing” and clearly this right will not be exercised by America as it leads the Western bloc.

cechas vodobenikov

new astrology sign for dead American empire

Dick Von Dast'Ard

Is that a new NazCIA line geoglyph?

Kenny Jones ™

Great, now shut off the oil supply again to Gna controlled areas, let them come and attack

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