Attacks on U.S. Military Base; Russia Tested Intercontinental Ballistic Missile; Turkey Downs a Drone

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Twin Somali attacks hit U.S. special forces base, Italian convoy

Somali insurgents mounted their most ambitious attack yet on Monday on a U.S. special forces base used to train Somali commandos and launch drone strikes, while an Italian military convoy was hit in a separate blast in the capital Mogadishu, Reuters reported.

Twin vehicle-borne bombs were followed by small arms fire at the base in the town of Baledogle, where Ugandan peacekeepers are also based, a security source and Somali police said. No immediate casualties from the attack were reported.

“Two suicide car bombs from the Middle Shabelle region tried to attack Baledogle airport but they detonated outside the airport gate,” Major Abdullahi Nur, a police officer, told Reuters.

The al Qaeda-linked insurgent group al Shabaab said it carried out the attack.

The Baledogle base is in the Lower Shabelle region, about 100 km (60 miles) west of Mogadishu. Insurgents attacked it in February using mortars, but caused no casualties.

The attack showed al Shabaab maintains a good intelligence network and the capability to mount complex operations, said Hussein Sheikh-Ali, a former national security adviser and founder of the Mogadishu-based security think-tank the Hiraal Institute.

The attack focused on a part of the base that houses the U.S. special forces, who supervise Somali forces on operations, he said.

Russia test-fires Topol-M ICBM against target in Kamchatka

Russia has test-fired a Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) from the Plesetsk spaceport in the country’s north against a target in Kamchatka in the Russian Far East, the press office of the Defense Ministry reported on Monday.

“A Topol-M stationary (silo-based) solid-propellant intercontinental ballistic missile was test-launched from the Plesetsk state testing cosmodrome on September 30, 2019,” the press office said in a statement.

The test-launch was aimed at confirming the missile system’s flight characteristics, the Defense Ministry said.

“The launch’s assigned tasks have been accomplished in full. The warhead equivalent arrived at the designated point [the Kamchatka Peninsula],” the ministry said.

Turkey ‘downs’ unidentified drone on Syria border

Turkey’s air force has downed an unidentified drone on its border with Syria after it breached Turkish airspace multiple times, the defence ministry said.

The drone, detected near the border by the military, intruded into Turkish airspace six times before it was finally shot down by F-16 jets on Sunday.

“An unmanned aerial vehicle which violated our air space six times [on Saturday] … was downed by two of our F-16s which took off from Incirlik [air base in southern Turkey],” the Ministry of National Defence said, sharing pictures of the downed drone on its official Twitter account.

The ministry said the unknown aircraft was grounded at 1:24pm local time (10:24 GMT), adding that “the wreckage of the drone was found at the Cildiroba base” by the Turkish gendarmerie in the Kilis province near the Syrian border.

In 2015, the Turkish air force shot down a Russian Su-24 aircraft in the Turkey-Syria border area, sparking an unprecedented crisis in the two countries’ relations.

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Source: Reuters, TASS, Al Jazeera