At least 150 private military contractors have been transported to Europe on Pentagon-chartered flights over the last weeks, according to information and flight data analyzed by Arms Watch.
US military contractors operating in Benghazi (Libya) were transferred to Bulgaria’s capital Sofia on 28 October 2020 via Malta using two aircraft, sources at Sofia Airport have revealed
The unusual US activity on the Balkans happens days before the upcoming presidential elections in Moldova, scheduled to take place on Sunday, November 1, 2020. It will be the 4th presidential election since the nation’s declaration of independence. Voters will be able either to elect a new president or re-elect the incumbent Igor Dodon.
The key date of the elections is November 11, after which the name of the new President of Moldova will be known.
US Secretary of Defense Mark Epster has already announced that the US will further expand its defense cooperation with Bulgaria and Romania. It is likely that such plans include the urgent transfer of military contractors from war zones to Europe.US deploys private military contractors from Libya to Europe