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The militants of the terrorist organization “Islamic state” (IG banned in Russia) for the first time committed the terrorist attack in Libya by staging an explosion on the route of the convoy of the Libyan national army (LNA) field Marshal Khalifa the Haftarot. Terrorists have claimed responsibility for the attack, said on Twitter journalist and analyst channel France 24 Waseem Nasr (Wassim Nasr), citing a statement issued by militants affiliated with the media.
This is the second in the current month the jihadist attack on the forces of the LNA. As recalled by a military analyst, specialist on the Middle East and former IDF officer Oded Berkowitz, may 21 fighters said the shelling of the three positions of the army of the Haftarot in the South of Libya, and in the same district where the 25 may, they staged the explosion. Before these attacks, Libyan cell IG many months were not showing themselves, so the LNA has another enemy, experts say.
The district may attacks near the town of Tragan (also there is a variant of Tragen) — located 900 kilometers South of Tripoli and the Mediterranean coast, which are the key battles between the LDF and the army of the national consensus government (NTC). A small town located on the Northern edge of the desert Idehen marzouk known as the place of fighting, which was in December 2018 between parts of the LDF and came from the North of Chad by rebels. Army of Haftarot by sending field Marshal reinforcements eventually drove the militants from the Libyan territory, however accurate information on their facilities and has not appeared — it was reported that they could be associated with ISIS, and with various illegal armed groups from Chad and Sudan.
Now the LDF is fighting with NTC forces, on the side which is Turkey, supplying it with equipment, ammunition and air support. Under the control of the Haftarot troops to support Egypt and Saudi Arabia, is also its unofficial allies are France and the UAE — the latter, according to some, supplying the LDF technique, including purchased from Russia. Russia is regularly credited with the support of field Marshal, but the Kremlin said that as in contact with the Haftarot and the PNS. However, it is known that the Haftarot in 2018 was in Moscow for talks with defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and chief of General staff Valery Gerasimov; the meeting was attended by St. Petersburg businessman Evgeny Prigozhin, who is associated with the so-called private military company Wagner, whose soldiers allegedly fought on the side of the army of field Marshal before the start of the offensive on Tripoli. President Vladimir Putin in turn said that if Libya is the Russian citizens, they do not represent the interests of the Russian Federation and do not receive government funding.
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