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Congress moves to sanction Russians for mercenary surge in Libya

Congress is preparing bipartisan sanctions on Russian mercenaries and other suspected human rights violators in Libya, Al-Monitor has learned, as the Donald Trump administration looks to use the recent entry of Moscow-linked paramilitaries into the conflict to reinvigorate a long-dormant American strategy in the war-torn country.

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Number of Russian mercenaries fighting for Haftar in Libya rises to 1400, report says

The number of mercenaries from Russian Wagner Group headed by Yevgeny Prigozhin, also known as “Putin’s chef” for his Kremlin catering contracts, who arrived at a forward base in Libya in the first week of September to bolster Khalifa Haftar’s forces, has risen to 1400, Bloomberg reported on Friday.

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Is Libya the new Syria for Putin’s secret army?

Two years after Russian President Vladimir Putin came to blows with his then prime minister Dmitri Medvedev over a Russian abstention from a UN resolution which paved the way for the fall of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, a mysterious – but high quality – documentary appeared on the internet …

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Eastern Libyan authorities force Jordan-bound flight to land in Benghazi for “security checks”

Eastern Libyan authorities forced a civilian flight of the Libyan Airlines airliner to land in Benina Airport in Benghazi for security checks soon after it had taken off from Misurata city, which is controlled by their rivals in the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord on Thursday, Libyan Ministry of Transportation …

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