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You Missed This: There Is a Strange Air War Raging Over Libya

Sebastien Roblin

Sebastien Roblin

Security, Africa

The war in the sky the media is not covering.

You Missed This: There Is a Strange Air War Raging Over Libya

On April 14, a lone MiG-21 jet fighter jet soared low over the metropolis of Tripoli. The iconic Soviet-built warbird was famed for battling American-built jets during the Cold War. But this particular MiG was being flown by Lt. Commander Jamal Ben Amar on behalf of the Libyan National Army, one of the two principal factions warring for control of the North African state following the overthrow and killing of its long-reigning dictator Muammar el-Qaddafi in 2011.

As Jamal flew over the Mediterranean port, fighters of the opposing Government of National Accord (GNA) opened fire with Soviet heavy machine guns. The bulky truck-mounted weapons kicked up clouds of dust as they rattled out a hail of. 50 and .57 caliber machine gun rounds.

Near simultaneously, two teams with man-portable anti-aircraft missiles open fire as the jet rapidly shrunk into a speck in the distance. The missiles leapt up into the sky at twice the speed of sound, their vapor trails crisscrossing. One clearly failed to acquire its targets. The other heat-seeking weapon homed directly in the wake of the MiG-21’s hot jet exhaust.

You can see the action swiftly unfold in this recording.

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