Western mercenaries based in Dubai private military companies June 2019 arrived in Libya to support Marshal Khalifa Haftorah, but for unknown reasons left the country in a few days, reports Bloomberg, citing a confidential UN report.
The report stated that the purpose of mercenaries related companies Lancaster 6 DMCC and Opus Capital Asset Limited FZE, registered in UAE, was “conducting a well-funded private military operations.” Diplomatic sources in the UN with reference to the paper circulated to the sanctions Committee of the security Council in February, reported that Lancaster and Opus also planned to supply power Haftorah helicopters, drones and computer facilities with an extensive network of offshore companies.
It is reported that a squad of 20 mercenaries under the command of South African Steve Lodge arrived in Libya at the end of June 2019 and a few days on two boats left the country, heading to Malta.
Which country or organization was the initiator of the project, the report does not say.
Lodge declined to comment, his lawyers called the report’s accusations are false. Lawyers for other members of the expedition said that it was about providing services in the field of oil and gas industry.
After the overthrow and murder of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya has virtually ceased to function as a unified state. Now the country is in a diarchy. To the East sits a Parliament elected by people, and in the West, in the capital Tripoli, the rules generated with the support of the UN and the European Union, the Government of national consent headed by Fitom Barragem. The authorities of the Eastern part of the country operate independently from Tripoli to cooperate with the Libyan national army, led by Marshal Khalifa the Haftarot, which is April 2019 not stop trying to seize Tripoli.