Beijing is making inroads as a player in Central Asian security, according to a recent report.
Libya, Syria, Ukraine, Venezuela, Sudan, the Central African Republic and Madagascar, among others have all seen Kremlin mercenaries on their soil. The question is: who's next?
The rout of Libyan strongman Haftar is a public embarrassment for Russian President Vladimir Putin and his much touted Wagner Group mercenaries.
The United States has declared that it may reconsider its withdrawal from this key international security treaty -- if Russia returns to full compliance.
Russian fighter aircraft arrived in Libya from an airbase in Russia, after transiting Syria where they were painted to camouflage their Russian origin, the US military says.
The newest setbacks for the Kremlin-backed operation come amid reports of a growing rift between the mercenaries and the Libyan strongman over an unpaid $150 million debt.
Amid the worsening global socioeconomic situation, Russia's Wagner Group is exploiting youths' desperation to recruit mercenaries to fight on various front lines.
Khalifa Haftar is reportedly withholding $150 million from Wagner Group mercenaries over ineffective 'rookie fighters' sent from Syria to prop up his attempts to take over the country.
The accidental killing of 19 Iranian sailors is the latest in a series of mishaps, blunders and dubious claims by the Iranian military that stem from the systematic misplaced priorities of Tehran.
Military strongman Khalifa Haftar, backed by Russian President Vladimir Putin's mercenary Wagner Group, indiscriminately fired hundreds of rockets on residential areas and the airport.