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Libya: Russian Wagner, Sudan’s Janjaweed mercenaries seen retreating eastward

The Sirte-Jufra Operations Room of the Government of National Accord (GNA) said it had seen movements of retreat by the Russian Wagner Group mercenaries of warlord Khalifa Haftar toward the eastern region.

The room added in a statement by the spokesman Abdelhadi Drah that there were also Sudanese mercenaries with the Russians pulling out toward eastern Libya.

Drah told Libya Alahrar TV that Russian Wagner Group and Sudanese Janjaweed mercenaries retreated from Sokna and Houn towns eastward.

Sirte and Jufra have been the epicenter of the controversy over the last weeks since Haftar’s militias and mercenaries have been defeated in western Libya, especially in south Tripoli and Tarhouna.

Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) said it would agree to a ceasefire only if warlord Haftar withdrew his forces and mercenaries from central and western regions, including Sirte and Jufra, the Turkish foreign minister said.

Speaking to the Financial Times, Mevlut Cavusoglu said the (GNA) is “determined” to resume its offensive against Haftar’s militias unless they withdrew from two strategic locations, port city of Sirte and home to an airbase; Jufra.

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