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Unknown Drones Attack Wagner Group Base in Libya

Unidentified drones carried out a targeted attack on an air base in eastern Libya late on Thursday, with the primary objective being the Russian paramilitary group Wagner, according to a military source. The al-Kharrouba air base, situated approximately 150 kilometres southeast of Benghazi, was the focal point of the strikes, which are presumed to have originated from unknown sources.

The military source, who preferred to remain anonymous, informed AFP that the air base housed members of the Wagner group. Fortunately, no casualties were reported as a result of the attacks.

Since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in 2011, Libya has been grappling with a significant political crisis, characterised by divisions between the eastern and western regions as well as foreign interference.

During the period spanning from April 2019 to June 2020, eastern Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar employed the services of Chadian, Sudanese, Nigerian, and Syrian fighters, along with Wagner mercenaries, in his ill-fated campaign to capture the capital, Tripoli.

Despite the failure of Haftar’s offensive, a considerable number of Wagner operatives have continued their activities in eastern Libya, particularly around the oil terminals and the southern region. Some Wagner troops have reportedly departed for Mali or Ukraine to join forces with the Russian army, while others remain actively engaged within Libya.