Erik Prince’s mercenaries are bombing Libya

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Erik Prince’s mercenaries are bombing Libya

Combat pilots fly emirates Air Tractor aircraft

By ARNAUD DELALANDE

On 11 January 2017, Intelligence Online , the world’s leading professional intelligence magazine, announced that pilots of Air Tractor attack aircraft flying from Al Khadim air base in Libya are hired personnel working for Erik Prince, The founder of the company formerly known as Blackwater.

War Is Boring’s own sources in Libya confirmed the news. Our sources indicated that pilots flying the IOMAX AT-802 Air Tractor from the United Arab Emirates Air Force, converted fumigation aircraft, are mercenaries and are not Arabs.

Most of the pilots on the payroll are Americans, according to Intelligence Online. But Prince refused to take part in UAE air operations.

United Arab Emirates strongly supports General Khalifa Haftar and his regime in Tobruk, one of the two main factions competing for power in Libya. The first EMA-802 appeared at an unidentified Libyan airbase, albeit with its hidden national badges, in June 2015.

A year later, on June 4, 2016, the Benghazi Revolutionary Shura Council, a group linked to Al Qaeda, published a series of photographs of an entire Turkish-made Mk.82 bomb with Paveway guiding kit, Weapon attached to the Air Tractor.

The following November, the Shura Council of the Benghazi Revolutionaries published a photo of an EMA-802 aircraft flying over the Ganfouda area in Benghazi. Shortly after this same group released a video in which you can see how an Air Tractor makes an air raid.

Air strike carried out by an Air Tractor on Gangouda, in Benghazi, on November 22, 2016

It is now becoming increasingly clear that Mr. Prince, a former officer of the US Navy SEAL teams, is behind the air strikes. There are strong links between Mr Prince and the United Arab Emirates. He moved to Abu Dhabi in 2010, the same year he sold his share in, for that encounter in the scandal, Blackwater. Mr. Prince founded in Abu Dhabi the company Reflex Responses, also known as R2.

In January 2011, a number of Arab countries contracted Mr. Prince’s services to assist them with the training of a private army of 2,000 Somali recruits. And in May 2011, The New York Times reported that the United Arab Emirates had signed a $ 529 million contract with Reflex Responses to recruit and train the so-called “Security Support Group” Support Group], a kind of 800-member “foreign legion” with internal security and counterterrorism missions.

To this day Mr. Prince is head of Frontier Resource Group, a logistics and transportation company operating in Africa with funds from Asian investors. Mr. Prince’s sister, Betsy DeVos , is the candidate of US President-elect Donald Trump to become Minister of Education.

Foreign transport pilot bearing the inscription “Cargo Air Company” on the sleeve of the right shoulder of the uniform. It was seen in Ras Lanuf on December 10, 2016. Author’s photo of this article

Just as Mr. Prince has fought for the privatization of the way to wage war, the multimillionaire Mrs. Devos is a great advocate of pay schools and a strong opponent of public education.

Mercenary pilots are nothing new in Libya. In early 2015, the Libyan Dawn Militia Air Force, the main rival in the air of the Army of the Air of the National Army of Libya headed by General Haftar, paid the Ukrainian companies Glissada and Amber Tiger and the company with headquarters In Jordan Middle East Caravan to find you suitable pilots for your small fleet of fighters and helicopters.

Three mercenary pilots flew Mirage F.1 fighters from Libyan Sunrise from the Misrata airbase between June 2015 and July 2016. One of them refused to bomb the troops of the National Army of Libya and was forced to leave Libya. Another pilot carried out several air strikes. The third of the pilots died when his Mirage crashed in Sirte in June of 2016, possibly after being reached by enemy fire.

The government of Tobruk also has the services of pilots for hire, namely transport pilots from companies such as the Moldovan Sky Prim Air. The Moldovan company is linked to the emirate operator Oscar Jet, who also regularly flies to Libya. On September 15, 2016, Sky Prim Air Il-18D aircraft with registration ER-ICS flew from Tobruk to Zintan with attendees to the Reconciliation and National Unity Conference held in Nalut on board.

On November 25, 2016, the same Il-18D flew from Tobruk to the Benina air base supposedly loaded with equipment and medical supplies for hospitals and clinics in and around Benghazi. According to the National Army of Libya, the shipment of medicines and medical supplies had arrived in Tobruk the previous day on a flight from Germany.

On the left, Il-76 aircraft of the Moldovan company Sky Prim Air at Birak Al Shati during the night of December 13, 2016. In the center, Sky Prim Air Il-18D aircraft at Zintan on January 1, 2017, With Libyan officers aboard after receiving their dispatches at a military academy in Jordan. On the right, Oscar Jet aircraft Il-76TD that moves a delegation from Benina to Brak Al Shati. Photos of the author of this article

On December 10, 2016, a foreign air transport pilot carrying the entry “Cargo Air Company” was seen on Ras Lanuf, an air base of the National Army of Libya, on the sleeve of the right shoulder of the uniform. The sighting came just days after several armed groups, including Saraya Defend Benghazi and Petroleum Facilities Guard, will attack Libyan National Army facilities at the so-called Oil Crescent in Libya. The Libyan National Army repelled the attack thanks to a series of devastating air strikes.

The Cargo Air Company may be, at best, involved in moving oil workers. On December 12, 2016, the Libyan National Army deployed SA-9 air defense systems in the Middle of the Oil. Someone had to take them there by plane and possibly that was not the National Army of Libya itself, since General Haftar’s army does not have large transport planes.

After the Libyan National Army took the Al Shati Brak airbase on December 11, 2016, Oscar Jet’s IL-76TD aircraft with ER-IAX registration moved a delegation from Benina to Brak Al Shati. Two days later, another Il-76 Sky Prim Air landed overnight at the same airbase with an unknown charge.

On December 15, 2016, Sky Prim Air’s Il-18D transported 60 million dinars from the Central Bank of Libya to Birak Al Shati. That same plane landed in Zintan on January 1, 2017 with Libyan officers aboard. Libyan officers had just received their dispatches from a military academy in Jordan.

The recent meeting between General Haftar and Russian Defense Minister Serguey Shoygu aboard the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuzentsov off the coast of Libya suggests an escalation of foreign aid to the Libyan National Army. It may be that Prince Pilots flying Air Tractor bombers will have a lot of company coming soon.

Translated by Jorge Tierno Rey, author of The Tactical Shooting Blog .

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