Hemetti to send more troops to Libya, source says

Hemetti to send more troops to Libya, source says

Hemetti will send two armed factions to Libya  to back general Khalifa Haftar’s offensive on Tripoli, according to a local media sources.

General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, generally referred to as Hemetti, is a Janjaweed militia leader from the Rizeigat tribe in Darfur, who was the Deputy head of the Transitional Military Council following the 2019 Sudanese coup d’état.

Thousands of Sudanese mercenaries have been reportedly fighting on several fronts in Libya.

Sudan has denied the participation of any Sudanese forces in the ongoing conflict in Libya.

Sudanese Radio Dabanga reported in July 2019 that Hemetti had sent around 4,000 RSF troops to Libya to protect oil installations to allow Haftar’s forces to focus on their advance on Tripoli. Also, a United Nations (UN) Panel of Experts on Sudan reported early this year that Darfur fighters are fighting with Haftar’s forces in Libya.

The Libyan Government of National Accord is now reportedly mobilizing forces to attack the last two strongholds of Haftar in western Libya: Tarhuna city and Watiya airbase. With the collapse of these two strategic targets, the fighting would move to Sirte and Jufra airbase in central Libya.

George Costa

George Costa is a reporter specialized in defence and security systems. He covers international defence and security issues, such as international conflicts, WMD proliferation, and cybersecurity, as well as news reporting on developments in the global defence community.