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LNA fighter, #Libya with 9K32 Strela-2 MANPADS & 1PN79-M, 1P45-1 sights for 9M133 Kornet in front of a Streit Cougar.
The presence of 1PN79-M thermal optics is actually quite curious, as Gaddafi's Kornets were not afaik delivered w/ them, meaning that it was externally supplied
Given that Haftar's LNA has a number of benefactors that could supply modern Kornets with new-manufacture thermal optics, it's not clear where this could be from. It is green, not sand-coloured however 😉
Some ghanimah captured from the LNA around #Tripoli
- 9M111-2 Fagot (AT-4B), improved version of 9M111 Soviet ATGM
- 9P135 series launcher for the aforementioned ATGM
Quite a few 9K111 systems in #Libya, but quite rare to see in use!
Days before Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive to seize the capital and attempt to unite the divided country under his rule, Saudi Arabia promised tens of millions of dollars to help pay for the operation, according to senior advisers to the Saudi government.
The offer came during a visit to Saudi Arabia that was just one of several meetings Mr. Haftar had with foreign dignitaries in the weeks and days before he began the military campaign on April 4.
France blocked the draft statement, which was drawn up in Brussels, through a process by which individual EU member governments could voice objections. The EU will now try to draw up a new text on which everyone can agree.
EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said on Monday the bloc was united in calling for a truce and a return to diplomacy in Libya.
The EU draft statement would have said that "hostilities must cease immediately, the LNA must withdraw and the humanitarian truces called by the U.N. must be heeded."
The EU would also have asked "international and regional partners to exert their influence and send an unequivocal message to the aggressors that there is no military solution to the crisis, only a political one," according to the draft.
France and Italy disagree on how to handle the latest escalation in the troubled north African country.
France, which has oil assets in eastern Libya, has provided military assistance in past years to Haftar in his eastern stronghold, Libyan and French officials say..
Italy, the former colonial power and a big player in Libya's oil sector, has supported the U.N.-backed Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj.