Rockets Hit Near U.S. Forces in Iraq; More Strikes on Somalia; Air Strike in Libya; S-400 Very Soon in Turkey
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your wake-up news report on June 19 from BulgarianMilitary.com news team:
Rockets land near Iraqi base hosting U.S. personnel in Mosul – sources
A rocket landed near an Iraqi military base hosting U.S. forces in the northern city of Mosul late on Tuesday, Reuters reports.
The Iraqi military statement gave no immediate reports of casualties. It said the rocket fired was a short-range Katyusha missile.
On Monday, three rockets hit a base that hosts U.S. forces north of Baghdad. The incidents coincide with tension ramping up between the United States and Iran, with Iraq seen as a possible site for any violent flare-up between the two sides.
Mosul’s military commander said the rocket landed in an open space causing no casualties or damage. He said it was fired from west Mosul, across the Tigris river, and was a “locally made” rocket, without elaborating.
Security sources separately told Reuters that two Katyusha rockets had landed on the base.
The U.S. military carried out two airstrikes
The U.S. military carried out two airstrikes on al-Shabaab fighters near the southern coastal Somali town of Jilib, U.S. Africa Command announced, Defense One reports. The strikes are believed to have killed two fighters and zero civilians.
The U.S. has been using a new “knife-missile” designed to minimize civilian casualties — and one place that missile has been used is in Somalia, according to the Wall Street Journal, which first wrote about the missile on May 9.
Reminder of AFRICOM’s goal in these Somali strikes: “to transfer the responsibility for long-term security in Somalia from AMISOM to the Federal Government of Somalia and its Member States” and to “use all effective and appropriate methods to assist in the protection of the Somali people, including partnered military counterterrorism operations with the Federal Government of Somalia, AMISOM, and Somali National Army forces.”
“More than 20% of all reported US counter terror actions in Somalia since 2007” — a total of 210 — “have now taken place in the first half of 2019,” the monitors of Airwars tweeted Monday on news of the Jilib airstrikes.
Air strike hits warehouse co-owned by Italy’s ENI in Libya
A storehouse belonging to Libya’s Mellitah Oil & Gas, a joint-venture between the National Oil Corporation (NOC) and Italy’s ENI, was damaged in an air strike on Tuesday, wounding three workers, Reuters reports.
It was the first confirmed attack on a foreign oil asset since eastern forces led by Khalifa Haftar started a campaign with ground and air forces to take the capital Tripoli, held by the internationally recognised government.
“We are witnessing the destruction of the corporation’s facilities before our eyes,” NOC chairman Mustafa Sanalla said after the incident.
Erdogan says Turkey will receive Russian defence system ‘very soon’
President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that Turkey would take delivery of a Russian S-400 missile defence system “very soon” after telling Russian President Vladimir Putin there was “no turning back” on the deal, which has strained ties with Washington, Reuters reports.
The United States has repeatedly said the S-400s are not compatible with NATO’s systems and has warned of sanctions and other consequences if the batteries are delivered to Turkey.
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Source: Reuters, Defense One