Russian fighters in Libya have been flown out of the battle lines to a town south of Tripoli. The fighters, who were fighting alongside renegade eastern commander Khalifa Haftar’s self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) had been trying to capture the capital, Tripoli.
The Russian fighters retreated with their heavy equipment from the capital to the airport of Bani Walid, about 93 miles southeast of Tripoli. “They [the Russians] were flown in three military planes to Jufra, and their military vehicles were driven there,” Bani Walid’s mayor said.
Libya’s internationally-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) has captured three military bases from the LNA. “Our heroic forces are chasing the remnants of Haftar’s terrorist militia and are continuing their progress,” a military spokesperson said in a statement.
Russian private military contractor Wagner Group had reportedly deployed about 1,200 mercenaries to Libya to strengthen Haftar’s forces.