U.S. plans to send troops to Tunisia to counter Russia in the region

The United States, amid concerns about Russian activity in Libya, intends to use one of its brigades to assist security forces in Tunisia, the African Command of the United States said Friday.

“As Russia continues to fan the flames of the Libyan conflict, regional security in North Africa is of heightened concern,” the statement said.

It noted: “We are considering new ways with Tunisia to address mutual security concerns, including the use of our security assistance brigade.

Earlier, General Gregory Hadfield, deputy chief of the U.S. African Command Intelligence Directorate, told reporters that Russia is sending combat aircraft to Libya to prepare a foothold in that country.

Representatives of the Libyan National Army and Russia officially denied reports about Russian combat aircraft in Libya.

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