African mercenaries reported to have joined Haftar’s forces for Tripoli battle

epa00701858 (FILE) File picture dated 25 April 2005 shows Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) soldiers patrol the town of Muhujariya, south Darfur. International mediators in the Darfur conflict in Sudan are making a final push for parties to meet Sunday's deadline for a peace agreement, 30 April 2006. At least 180,000 civilians have been killed and two million people displaced since Darfur rebels rose up in 2003 to demand greater rights for the western Sudan province, setting off reprisals by the Khartoum government and marauding Arab militias, known as janjaweed. EPA/KHALED ELFIQI

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The Libyan Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha said Saturday that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had provided Khalifa Haftar with mercenaries from Sudan’s Janjaweed and Chadian rebels for him to continue his offensive against Tripoli.

Bashagha added that those mercenaries were getting ready to join the battle on the outskirts of Tripoli and their main mission is help Haftar enter the capital.

“The countries supporting Haftar have resorted to mercenaries to back Haftar’s forces up after the attrition of fighters and after they had lost Gharyan to the Libyan Army forces under the command of the Government of National Accord.” Bashagha remarked.

According to the Libya Express, many reports have confirmed over the last week that Sudanese and Chadian mercenaries were joining the battle with Haftar’s forces in Tripoli with the UAE being the funding source for those mercenaries.

 

Via Libya Express

 

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