DEBKAfile was founded by a team of journalists in June 2000 as an independent Internet Web site, providing an intelligence and security news service. March 14, 2017, 5:12 AM (IDT)
Russia deployed special forces to an airbase in western Egypt near the border with Libya in recent days, according to U.S. and Egyptian sources. U.S. officials said any such Russian deployment might be part of a bid to support Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar, who suffered a setback with an attack on March 3 by the Benghazi Defence Brigades -BDB on oil ports controlled by his forces.
The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the United States has observed what appeared to be Russian special operations forces and drones at Sidi Barrani, about 60 miles (100 km) from the Egypt-Libya border.
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