The US military on Tuesday accused Russia of deploying fighter jets to Libya in support of Russian mercenaries operating there.
“U.S. Africa Command assesses that Moscow recently deployed military fighter aircraft to Libya in order to support Russian state-sponsored private military contractors operating on the ground there”, - the US military’s Africa Command said in a statement. It also said that the aircraft were painted “to camouflage their Russian origin”.
Two US defense officials said there “several” Russian military aircraft had been deployed. A third defense official said that “at least” 14 Russian aircraft had been flown to Libya.