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    US Seeks to Expel Russian Mercenaries from Sudan, Libya

    US Seeks to Expel Russian Mercenaries from Sudan, Libya

    CAIRO — The United States has stepped up pressure on Middle East allies to expel the Wagner Group, a contractor owned by an oligarch with close ties to Russia's president, from chaos-stricken and Sudan where it has expanded in recent years, regional officials told The Associated Press.

    The U.S. effort described by officials comes as the Biden administration is making a broad push against the mercenaries. The U.S. has slapped sanctions on the Wagner Group in recent months over its expanding role in Russia's war in Ukraine.

    The group is owned by Russian oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin, who has close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Pentagon has described it as a surrogate for the Russian Defense Ministry. The Kremlin denies any connection.

    The Biden administration has been working for months with regional powers and the United Arab Emirates to pressure military leaders in Sudan and Libya to end their ties with the group, according to more than a dozen Libyan, Sudanese and Egyptian officials. They asked for anonymity to speak freely and because they were not authorized to discuss the issue with the media.

    A senior Egyptian government official with direct knowledge of the talks said the Wagner group “is at the top of every meeting.”

    The group doesn't announce its operations, but its presence is known from reports on the ground and other evidence. In Sudan, it was originally…

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