Libyan Forces Attacked Haftar`s Main Base; A New Batch of Su-35 to China; UN Warns US About Nuclear Deal
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on June 27 in last 12 hours from BulgarianMilitary.com news team:
Libya’s Haftar loses main base in Tripoli in surprise blow
Forces allied to Libya’s internationally recognized government on Wednesday seized the town of Gharyan south of Tripoli, home to the main supply base of eastern forces attacking the capital, Reuters reported.
The takeover of Gharyan by Tripoli forces is a major blow to the eastern-based Libya National Army (LNA) led by Khalifa Haftar, which on April 4 started an offensive to take Tripoli from the internationally recognized administration.
The offensive has not advanced beyond Tripoli’s southern suburbs, and the frontline had not changed significantly for weeks.
Gharyan was until Wednesday the main forward base for the LNA where troops, weapons and ammunition arrived from the East. The LNA began its Tripoli campaign here.
Forces allied to the Tripoli government, backed by air strikes, stormed the town, some 90 km (56 miles) south of Tripoli, in the morning in a surprise attack, witnesses said.
Russia offers to sell new batch of Su-35 fighter jets to China — government service
Russia has offered to sell another batch of Su-35 fighter jets to China, the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation told TASS on the sidelines of the “Army-2019” forum.
“We are expecting a response from China on our offer to purchase modern weapons and military equipment manufactured in Russia, including additional batches of Su-35 fighter jets,” the service said.
China was the first country to purchase Russia’s Su-35 fighter jets. The contract on the purchase of 24 fighter jets worth around $2.5 bln was signed in 2015.
All fighter jets were delivered to China in the framework of the first contract.
UN warns US actions ‘may impede’ Iran nuclear deal
The US decision not to extend waivers critical to the implementation of the landmark nuclear pact between world powers and Iran “may impede” the agreement, the UN warned Wednesday, MEMO reports.
UN political affairs chief Rosemary DiCarlo told the Security Council the Trump administration’s decisions not to renew sanctions waivers to allow the import of Iranian crude oil, as well as waivers for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action’s non-proliferation activities, could very well scuttle the agreement altogether.
“These actions may impede the ability of Iran and other member states to implement certain provisions of the plan,” she said.
Secretary General Antonio Guterres “encourages Iran to continue implementing all of its nuclear-related commitments despite the considerable challenges it faces,” said DiCarlo, also voicing regret at a number of retaliatory measures Iran has vowed to take unless it receives the intended benefits under the 2015 agreement.
U.S. President Donald Trump did not renew the oil waivers for seven countries and Taiwan that expired at the beginning of May.
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Source: Reuters, TASS, MEMO