Airstrike in Libya; Russians Begin to Patrol in Syria; US Forces Pull Out from Iraq
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on October 24 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Libya: 2 civilians killed in shelling by Haftar forces
At least two civilians were killed and three others wounded in an airstrike south of the capital Tripoli by the forces loyal to east Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar, said the UN-recognized government, Anadolu reports.
According to the media office of the Government of National Accord (GNA) forces, Haftar’s warplanes targeted residential areas in al-Swani which caused deaths and injuries among civilians.
The GNA media office also said that they bombarded ammunition belonging to Haftar forces in Wadi Al Rabi, south of Tripoli.
Later on Tuesday, amid intensifying clashes in Tripoli, Amnesty International released a report in which it accused both sides of “utter disregard” for the laws of war and possible war crimes committed.
“Warring parties… have killed and maimed scores of civilians by launching indiscriminate attacks and using a range of inaccurate explosive weapons in populated urban areas,” the rights watchdog said.
Russian military police begin to patrol northern Syria
Russian military police have begun to patrol the security zone in northern Syria in accordance with the memorandum of cooperation signed between Russia and Turkey, the Russian Defense Ministry told reporters.
“Today, the Russian military police have begun to patrol the approved area in northern Syria in accordance with the memorandum of cooperation between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey signed in Sochi on October 22,” the message states.
The Russian military also met with the local government of the city of Kobani to discuss the articles of the memorandum.
On October 22, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed a memorandum on joint actions in northeastern Syria. According to the document, as of noon October 23, Russian military police and Syrian border guards have started to monitor the withdrawal of Kurdish military formations to the depth of 30 km from the border. Russia and Turkey will begin the joint patrolling of the area 150 hours later.
Iraqi Defence Ministry: US forces to exit the country within four weeks
US forces pulling out of northeast Syria to Iraq will leave the country within four weeks, Iraqi Defence Minister Najah Al-Shammari said in statement.
Shammari’s remarks to Associated Press came after his meeting in Baghdad with US Defence Secretary Mark Esper, who arrived while Iraqi leaders were looking over reports saying the United States wants to increase the number of troops stationed in Iraq at least temporarily.
The Iraqi army, in a statement on Tuesday, said that US troops leaving northeast Syria had been granted permission to stay in Iraq.
The statement appeared to contradict Esper, who yesterday said that all US troops leaving Syria would go to western Iraq, and the military would continue to conduct operations against the Islamic State terror group to prevent its return in the region.
The US Defence Secretary added that the troops would be there temporarily until returning home but did not specify any timetable.
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Source: TASS, MEMO,