Russia is sending hundreds of troops from Syria down to Libya; Theses forces are reported to be backing Khalifa Haftar’s resistance; Russia is also reported to be occupying an oil field in Libya via a Russian security company.
According to several reports, Russia is in the process of sending 300 Syrian soldiers from eastern Syria to Libya in an attempt to further back Khalifa Haftar and his forces. Haftar leads the Libyan National Army (LNA) and is attempting to overthrow the United Nations-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) being led by Fayez al-Sarraj.
The fighters that are being sent belong to different brigades and Iran’s notorious Quds Force, which is a subdivision of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) that often handles clandestine operations. Those being sent are under contract with Moscow and will be paid for their time in Libya.
Just last month, the LNA announced that 11 Russian planes had landed at the Sirte Airport carrying multiple Syrian forces and weaponry.
According to Libya’s national oil company, Russian security forces also made their way into the Sidra Oil Port nearly a month ago and are seeking to turn it into a military post. This Russian security company is called Wagner’s, and the Sidra oilfields are said to account for more than half of Libya’s oil supply.
Over the last several years, Russia’s involvement in the Middle East has grown in an unprecedented manner; most notably, in Syria, where they’re joined by Turkey and Iran. Additionally, Russia has made military agreements with Sudan and their involvement in Libya is gaining speed.
It’s reasonable to ask; What is it about this region of the world that that has Russia’s undivided attention? Is it perhaps the oil? Interestingly enough, Russia, Iran, and Turkey, if nothing else, all share one thing in common – their economies are being devastated. It’s worth noting as well that the countries where Russia is becoming more involved all have a role in a future invasion of Israel.
The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshek and Tubal; prophesy against him 3 and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you, Gog, chief prince of Meshek and Tubal. 4 I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws and bring you out with your whole army—your horses, your horsemen fully armed, and a great horde with large and small shields, all of them brandishing their swords. 5 Persia, Cush and Put will be with them, all with shields and helmets, 6 also Gomer with all its troops, and Beth Togarmah from the far north with all its troops—the many nations with you. 7 “‘Get ready; be prepared, you and all the hordes gathered about you, and take command of them. 8 After many days you will be called to arms. In future years you will invade a land that has recovered from war, whose people were gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate. They had been brought out from the nations, and now all of them live in safety. 9 You and all your troops and the many nations with you will go up, advancing like a storm; you will be like a cloud covering the land.
10 “‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: On that day thoughts will come into your mind and you will devise an evil scheme. 11 You will say, “I will invade a land of unwalled villages; I will attack a peaceful and unsuspecting people—all of them living without walls and without gates and bars. 12 I will plunder and loot and turn my hand against the resettled ruins and the people gathered from the nations, rich in livestock and goods, living at the center of the land.” 13 Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish and all her villages will say to you, “Have you come to plunder? Have you gathered your hordes to loot, to carry off silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods and to seize much plunder?”’