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Russia Deploys Military Fighter Aircraft to Libya

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DefenceTalkRussia recently deployed military fighter aircraft to Libya to support Russian state-sponsored private military contractors, or PMCs, operating on the ground there, U.S. Africa Command officials said. Russian military aircraft are likely to provide close air support and offensive fires for the Wagner Group PMC, which is supporting the Libyan National Army’s fight against the […]https://www.defencetalk.com/russia-deploys-military-fighter-aircraft-to-libya-75653/

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US military lose second drone in Niger

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DefenceTalkThe US military in Niger said Thursday they had lost a second drone in two months, both through technical failure rather than from hostile action in the conflict-torn country. “A… remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) was lost near Agadez, Niger, April 23,” US Africa Command said in an email to AFP. “U.S. forces secured the RPA […]https://www.defencetalk.com/us-military-lose-second-drone-in-niger-75478/

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US Pulling Some Combat Troops Out of Africa

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The United States is starting to change its force posture in Africa, announcing it is bringing home part of an infantry brigade and replacing them with specialized military trainers. Pentagon officials described the move as “the first of many” that will impact the way the U.S. military operates on the continent, as it shifts its […]

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US Ponders Cutting Military Forces in Africa; Allies Worry

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As extremist violence grows across Africa, the United States is considering reducing its military presence on the continent, a move that worries its international partners who are working to strengthen the fight in the tumultuous Sahel region. The timing is especially critical in the Sahel, the vast arid region south of the Sahara Desert, where […]

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US wants to reduce presence in Africa, warns top officer

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The United States wants to reduce its military presence in Africa, Washington’s top military officer said, as France hosts Sahel leaders as it seeks to bolster the fight against jihadists in the region. Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, said resources “could be reduced and then shifted, either to increase […]

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63 ‘terrorists’, 25 others killed in Niger army base attack

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Heavily armed assailants stormed a military base in Niger on Thursday killing 25 people and leading to fierce clashes that killed 63 “terrorists”, the defence ministry said, in an area where dozens died in a previous jihadist attack. The raid near to the volatile frontier with Mali by attackers in vehicles and on motorbikes began […]

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Turkish troops start moving toward Libya

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Turkey has begun deploying troops to Libya for “coordination and stability,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said, revealing that Ankara will establish an operational center in the country. The Turkish military has already started moving “slowly” towards Libya, Erdogan revealed late on Sunday. The scope of Ankara’s involvement in the years-long conflict is still unknown. […]

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Erdogan says parliament to vote in January on Libya troop deployment

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The Turkish parliament will in January vote on a motion to send troops to Syria to support the UN-backed government in Tripoli, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday. “We will present the motion to send troops (to Libya) as soon as parliament resumes” on January 7, Erdogan said in a speech in Ankara. “God willing, […]

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Libya’s GNA says ready to implement military deal with Turkey

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Libya’s UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) on Thursday approved the implementation of a military deal with Turkey, paving the way for a bigger role for Ankara in the conflict-hit country. The GNA cabinet “unanimously approved the implementation of the memorandum of understanding on security and military cooperation between the GNA and the Turkish government […]

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UAE denies shipping weapons to Libya despite embargo

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DefenceTalkThe UAE denied Tuesday it shipped US missiles to Libya, which is under a UN arms embargo, after a democratic senator warned Washington could cut off arms sales to the Emirates. The foreign ministry “denied the ownership of weapons found in Libya and reiterated the UAE’s commitment to fully cooperate with United Nations experts,” in […]https://www.defencetalk.com/uae-denies-shipping-weapons-to-libya-despite-embargo-72369/

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