Somali Military Forces Attack al-Shabaab; Iran Blames U.S.; Ankara Expects the Second S-400 Squadron

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Somali army kills 16 al-Shabaab fighters

At least 16 al-Shabaab fighters were killed in Somalia after Somali special forces backed by Turkey trained forces attacked al-Shabaab positions in the region, state media said on Sunday, MEMO reports.

The attack took place on al-Shabaab positions near the town of Awdhegle in Lower Shabelle region, according to state owned radio.

Somali National Army (SNA) has confirmed the operation and casualty toll in a statement posted on Twitter.

“The 66th battalion while on active patrol today laid an ambush and killed 16 insurgents around Awdegle”, the SNA said in a statement.

At least 4 al-Shabaab militants were killed by the Somali military last Wednesday after fighters from the group had attacked a military post in Awdhegle town, Lower Shabelle region.

Somali special forces backed by African Union forces (AMISOM) in Somalia retook on Tuesday the strategic town of Awdhegle located 70 kilometres (43 miles) Southern Somali capital Mogadishu.

Iran says US is ‘flooding’ Gulf with weapons

Iran on Monday blamed the U.S. and its allies of stoking tensions in the Gulf by amassing weapons in the region, Yeni Safak reported.

The Gulf region became a tinderbox because the U.S. and its allies are flooding it with weapons, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif told Al Jazeera TV.

“The states of the Gulf can together secure the transit of ships,” Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed al-Hakim said on Twitter. “Iraq is seeking to reduce tension in our region through calm negotiations…The presence of Western forces in the region will increase tension,” he said.

Zarif, in interview remarks cited by Qatar-based Al Jazeera, said the Strait “is narrow, it will become less safe as foreign (navy) vessels increase their presence in it”.

Turkey expects second S-400 squadron to be delivered in August or September

Ankara expects the second S-400 squadron to be delivered to Turkey in August or September, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Monday, TASS reported.

“The second S-400 squadron is expected to be delivered in August or September,” he said. According to Akar, “since the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty has been terminated, Turkey will have an increasing need for the S-400 systems.”

The Turkish defense minister added that during recent talks, the United States had offered a new deal to Ankara. However, he did not provide any details.

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Source: Yeni Safak