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Libya’s Prime Minister Says Russia Mercenaries Will Drag Out War

  • Fayez al-Sarraj says he raised his concerns with Moscow
  • Sarraj calls on United States to push for peace in Libya
Military vehicles of the UN-backed government forces of Libya clear the way for the ground troops in south of Tripoli, Libya, 

Military vehicles of the UN-backed government forces of Libya clear the way for the ground troops in south of Tripoli, Libya, 

Photographer:  Hamza Turkia/Xinhua via Getty Images

Libya’s internationally recognized prime minister said Russian mercenaries backing his rival, Khalifa Haftar, will drag out a months-long war in the North African oil producer, and urged the U.S. to act to restore peace.

Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj said he had raised the matter with Russian officials during an October conference in Sochi. “We expressed our concern over the increase of foreign fighters in Libya in general, that this would increase the duration of the war,” Sarraj said in an interview in Tripoli on Wednesday.