A Drone Strike Near Tripoli; Turkey Wants to Buy Patriot Missile Systems; Russia Prevents Israeli Airstrikes
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on September 14 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Three Libya eastern fighters killed in strike near Tripoli
Three members of Libya’s eastern force, including two commanders, were killed late on Friday in a drone strike on Tarhuna city by the internationally recognised government of national accord (GNA), a military source said.
GNA’s media office confirmed the strike and said “it [the strike] targeted a control vehicle in Tarhuna.”
Tarhuna, some 97.6 km (60.6 miles) southeast of Tripoli, is a hub allied to commander Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA).
LNA forces launched a surprise offensive in early April to try take control of Tripoli, where U.N.-backed Prime Minister Fayez Seraj and his GNA are based.
“Two commanders of LNA’s ninth brigade and their assistant were killed in a drone strike,” the military source said.
Exclusive: Turkey’s Erdogan says to discuss with Trump buying U.S. Patriot missiles
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said he will discuss buying U.S. Patriot missiles with President Donald Trump this month, saying his personal bond with the U.S. leader could overcome a crisis caused by Ankara buying Russian air defence systems.
Turkey’s purchase of the Russian S-400 missile system in July raised the prospect of U.S. sanctions, and the State Department has said an offer to sell Raytheon Co’s (RTN.N) Patriot missile defence system to Ankara has expired.
However Erdogan told Reuters he had discussed buying Patriots in a phone call with Trump two weeks ago and would follow up when they meet at the U.N. General Assembly, which opens next week.
“I said no matter what package of … S-400s we get, we can buy from you a certain amount of Patriots,” Erdogan told Reuters on Friday.
“But I said we have to see conditions that at least match up to the S-400s,” Erdogan said, adding that he was referring to the possibility of joint production and favourable lending terms.
“He (Trump) said: ‘Are you serious?’ I said: ‘Yes’,” Erdogan said, adding that he told Trump they would discuss it in greater detail when they meet.
Russia prevents Israeli airstrikes in Syria
The controversy between Israel and Russia regarding airstrikes of Iranian targets in Syria and Iraq continues, despite the meeting Between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
This was reported on Friday by Independent Arabia.
According to the report, Moscow has prevented three Israeli airstrikes on three Syrian outposts recently, and even threatened that any jets attempting such a thing would be shot down, either by Russian jets or by the S400 Anti-aircraft missiles.
The source cited in the report claims a similar situation has happened twice, and that during August, Moscow stopped an airstrike on a Syrian outpost in Qasioun, where a S300 missile battery is placed.
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Source: Reuters, TJP