Heidi Berg, director of intelligence at the Pentagon’s African Command, revealed, Saturday, that more than 12 attack aircraft sent by Russia to Libya this year carried out ground strikes and combat missions, to support Russian mercenaries fighting alongside Haftar.
Berg confirmed that two MiG-29s crashed, one in June and the other last week, and that the cause of the crash is unknown, and it may be a mechanical accident, pilot error, or a lack of technical skill and competence, according to the New York Times.
“Berg” indicated that Russian cargo planes continue to supply “Wagner” forces operating in Libya with military armored vehicles, SA-22 air defense systems, fuel, ammunition and other supplies.
Berg denied the information circulating about Moscow installing advanced S-300 or S-400 air defenses in Libya, pointing out that the “Wagner” group now has 3,000 members and 2,000 Syrian mercenaries in Libya.
It is worth noting that the US Africa Command, “AFRICOM”, revealed, last May, that Moscow deployed at least 14 MiG-29 and Su-24 aircraft in Libya.