An image of what is alleged to be western military forces has been captured in an undisclosed area outside of Benghazi. The nationality of the soldiers and their purpose in the region remain unknown at the time of publication.
The vehicle in the photo appears to be an Oshkosh M-ATV, a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle (MRAP) introduced in 2009 and originally manufactured by the Oshkosh Corporation for the US Department of Defence, with the majority of deliveries going to the US Army.
Subsequent operators have included the armies of Bahrain, Croatia, Iraq, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, the United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, and Houthi forces in Yemen.
The M-ATV in question appears to be armed with a CROWS (Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station), and, coupled with the appearance of the solider alongside, it is considered unlikely that this vehicle belongs to a Libyan militia; the question would be which nation's special forces: the obvious answer is the US, who have commonly used the M-ATV throughout Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and elsewhere, or someone else possibly trying to disguise their country's involvement?
Oil services giant Halliburton plans to resume its activities in Libya, Sirte Oil Company (SOC) claimed in a statement today.
The statement came after SOC Chairman Naji Ahfaf, Chairman met Colby Fuser, Vice President of Halliburton Petroleum Services, and Mr. Moataz Yousef, General Manager of Halliburton Libya, at SOC offices today.
During the wide-ranging meeting held between the two companies, ways for Halliburton to return to its activities and resume its business in the field of oil services were discussed, SOC reported.
SOC also reported that Halliburton had ‘‘confirmed its intention to participate during the year in the company’s business after the stability of the security situation in the company’s (SOC) areas of operations.
“The resumption of Halliburton’s business is a good opportunity and we are excited about this and look forward to the resumption of Halliburton’s activity in Libya and cooperation in the field of oil services,” Colby Fuser was quoted to have said by SOC’s Information Office.
The stability of the security situation in the company’s oil fields is an important factor encouraging the return of foreign companies to resume their activities, particularly major international companies, SOC added.