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Saudi Arabia and Egypt behind Khalifa Haftar’s online propaganda, Italian research finds out

Rome-based Center for International Studies Ce.SI has revealed that Saudi Arabia and Egypt are leading a cyber-war to support the attack of warlord Khalifa Haftar on Tripoli, in a that targeted 735 thousand news contents between 1st and 14th April 2019.

The research, entitled “Information Warfare in Libya – The Online Advance of Khalifa Haftar”, concluded that six digital media platforms produced by an Egyptian developer and administrated by a Saudi citizen have copy-pasted around 15 thousand news contents in just half a month and translated it into several languages.

It indicated that the news sites were established to promote that Haftar is the bulwark against terrorism, in the framework of what the centre called a cyber-war for mobilizing people and consolidating domestic and international support for Haftar’s attack on Tripoli.

According to the research, 34.1% of the propaganda contents were produced in Saudi Arabia, followed by the United States 7.3% and Libya 6.9%.

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