Haftar ‘promised’ RSF to provide advanced anti-aircraft cannons, say Darfuri rebel sources

May 17, 2023 | International actors

On 17 May, a Middle East Eye report citing sources from Darfuri rebel factions, who maintain a presence in Libya’s southern region, said that Libyan National Army (LNA) Commander Khalifa Haftar ‘pushed his forces towards Sudan’, and ‘promised’ Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces (RSF) that he would provide them with ‘advanced anti-aircraft cannons’. The same sources supported earlier reports that Haftar was receiving support from the Wagner Group to supply the RSF with weapons via the Sudanese-Libyan border. The report also noted that the current Sudanese conflict encouraged Darfuri troops who had been fighting alongside Haftar in Libya to return to Sudan in support of Darfuri politician and military leader Minni Minnawi, the head of the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM).