We’re covering Russia’s advance on Libya, China’s endorsement of free trade and a key reversal in the U.S. impeachment inquiry

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We’re covering Russia’s advance on Libya, China’s endorsement of free trade and a key reversal in the U.S. impeachment inquiry.
By Victoria Shannon
Fighters in Ain Zara, Libya, in April, defending the country’s internationally recognized government.  Fadel Senna/Agence France-Presse – Getty Images

Russia sets its sights on Libya

About 200 Russian fighters have arrived in Libya in the last six weeks as part of a broad campaign by the Kremlin to reassert its influence across the Middle East and Africa.
After years of providing behind-the-scenes support for a would-be Libyan strongman, Moscow is now pushing much more directly to shape the outcome of the country’s messy civil war, bringing in advanced Sukhoi jets, coordinated missile strikes, precision-guided artillery and skilled snipers.
It’s the same playbook that made Russia the biggest foreign influence in Syria’s war.
What Russia wants: The Kremlin has intervened on behalf of the militia leader Khalifa Hifter, who is also backed by the U.A.E., Egypt, Saudi Arabia and, at times, France. He is at war with a coalition of pro-government militias from western Libya that is nominally supported by the U.S. and other Western powers, though Turkey is its only real patron.
Two-tiered war: Turkey and the U.A.E. have turned Libya into the first war fought primarily by clashing fleets of armed drones. But on the ground, small militias clash in a handful of deserted districts on the southern outskirts of Tripoli.

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