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Libya: The Russians Step In: Advantage Haftar

With the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in increasing disarray following the resignation of one of its deputy prime ministers, the last thing Western diplomats wanted was to see the GNA’s biggest opponent, the controversial Khalifa Haftar, get a further boost. Not only did that happen this week, but it came in the unexpected form of an ostentatious military display by Russia onboard its sole aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, as it was returning from Syria after supporting Assad regime forces in their offensive against rebel-held eastern Aleppo.

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