UAE deployed US-made fighter aircraft to eastern Libya forces

UAE deployed US-made fighter aircraft to eastern Libya forces

May 11, 2017 - 16:56
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

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Despite the UN embargo of arms purchase on Libya, the United Arab Emirates has deployed combat aircraft to eastern Libya for the forces led by Khalifa Haftar, the American TIME magazine reported on Tuesday.

"The UAE deployed at least six "Archangel" aircraft to eastern Libya, where UAE along with Russia and Egypt back Libyan controversial militaryman Khalifa Haftar." TIME says.

TIME cited satellite images of the Al-Khadim airbase - published in an IHS Jane Defense report last year in October - located in eastern Libya, as seeming evidence of the deployment of six "Archangel" aircraft, manufactured by Iomax USA, adding that the company had sold 48 such planes to the UAE before.

"There is also a presence of Russian-made cargo planes at the base which witnessed a "substantial build up" over the second half of 2016." TIME reported.

Iomax CEO Ron Howard, when contacted by TIME, acknowledged that aircraft manufactured by the company had been deployed in Libya.

This new revelation comes as the eastern self-styled commander Haftar is solidifying his ties to the UN-proposed government in Tripoli under the supervision of the UAE, which brokered a meeting for him and Fayez Al-Sirraj lately.

Meanwhile, the President of the US, Donald Trump earlier this month that his country will have no future roles in bringing peace to Libya.