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US bases ‘lead to stability’?! Tripoli govt invites Pentagon to redeploy troops to NATO-ravaged Libya… to ‘deter RUSSIA’
Nine years after the US helped bomb the once wealthiest African nation into stone ages, the Tripoli-based government would happily welcome American troops on Libyan soil, for more terrorism fighting and to deter Russia.
in the wake of US plans, voiced by Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, to scale back the military presence in the region and re-focus American forces globally towards confronting such adversaries as Russia and China, Fathi Bashagha, the interior minister for the UN-recognized GNA told Bloomberg that Libya would be happy to help.
If the US asks for a base, as the Libyan government we wouldn’t mind – for fighting terrorism, organized crime and keeping foreign countries that intervene at a distance. An American base would lead to stability.
While admitting that Washington’s plans were not clear to him, Bashagha claimed that the Russians are for sure “have a big strategy in Libya and Africa,” emphasizing Libya’s strategic significance in case Washington is really worried about Moscow’s push for global influence.
The redeployment is not clear to us… But we hope that the redeployment includes Libya so it doesn’t leave space that Russia can exploit.