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Vol 64 No 14

Published 6th July 2023


All quiet on the Wagner front

The Kremlin's mercenaries are still key to Khalifa Haftar's military strength but he has no interest in stirring up yet more trouble

The current hiatus in Libya's civil war means any effects on the Wagner Group's Libyan operations from the crisis in Russia would have been hard to spot. The mercenaries remain the backbone of Gen Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) militia even though the number of Russians has dwindled from around 2,500 to just a few hundred, centred on the Kharouba air base, east of Benghazi.

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