United Nations Shines Light on Shadowy Libyan Air War
U.N. report confirms War Is Boring's assertions
A group of U.N. experts studying the war in Libya released its final report on June 9, 2017. This nearly 300-page document details political and security developments, violations of human rights and the arms embargo, illicit crude oil exports, the dissemination of state funds and the financing of armed groups.
It also quotes and confirms War Is Boring’s reporting on violations of the arms embargo, the United Arab Emirates backing of the Libyan National Army and the rival Libyan Dawn Air Force’s recruitment of foreign mercenaries.
Regarding the illegal transfers of materials, the experts confirm — on pages 24 to 25 of the report — the delivery of ex-Belarus Mi-24P to the Libyan National Army via the United Arabs Emirates in April 2015, as War Is Boring reported in August 2016.
They also corroborate, on pages 25 to 32, our report from February 2017 highlighting the extension of Al Khadim air base in the Al Marj region. In particular, the construction of new shelters and hangars to prevent the visibility of further air assets and the engineering work to develop a new parking area, all suggesting that jet aircraft — potentially UAE Mirage 2000s — would eventually operate from the base.
The U.N. experts claim the UAE delivered this Mi-24P to the LNA
The report also features, on pages 33 and 34, a photo and data related to a UAE AT-802 attack plane with tail number 2287 that we spotted in Libya, confirming the Emirates’ provision of material and direct support to the Libyan National Army. On pages 144 to 146, the U.N. experts mentioned the Wing Loong and Schiebel Camcopter S-100 drones that the UAE has apparently flow in support of LNA operations against the militant Benghazi Revolutionaries’ Shura Council.
The report corroborates our report that the would-be regime in Misrata has hired foreign mercenary pilots to fly Libyan Dawn Air Force Mirage F.1s — see pages 35, 36, 158 and 159 — and that one of them, a Portuguese citizen, died on June 2, 2016, when his Mirage crashed following an air strike on Islamic State forces in Sirte.
The report confirms the role of the arms-broker Rami Ghanem — a citizen of both the USA and Jordan and head of the Jordan-based Caravana Middle-East air logistics firm — in finding suitable pilots for Misrata. The U.N. experts explain that, after Ghanem was arrested, a Libyan businessman named Abdul Salam Fakroum briefly assumed responsibility for hiring Mirage F.1 pilots.
In fact, this businessman is also probably the same Fakroum who was the commander of Misrata’s air force until he was killed in the crash of an L-39 near University of Sirte on Aug. 10, 2016. ISIS claimed it shot down Fakroum’s plane.
Finally, the report details — on pages 147 to 153 — the transport companies supplying Al Khadim air base. It confirms visits to Al Khadim by IL-18D serial number ER-ICS from the Moldovan company Sky Prim Air, as well as by Il-76TDs from Sky Prim Air and Oscar Jet.