The Russian air defense system probably shot down an American drone
MOSCOW, (BM) – The US military announced the loss of its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in northern Africa. This drone, according Colonel Christopher Carns, spokesman for the US AF Command, was lost on November 21, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting Nezavisimaya Gazeta.
According to the Americans, the calculation of the air defense system may have decided to shoot down the drone, believing that it was an opposition aircraft.
At the same time, an official representative of the Government of National Accord (GNA), which is fighting against the Libyan National Army (LNA), told the agency that the Russian PMC is apparently responsible. Air defense system operators “did not know that it was an American aircraft with remote control when they fired at it. But they probably know who it belongs to and refuse to return it. They say they don’t know where it is, but I don’t buy it him, ”said Reuters in a statement to General Stephen Townsend, head of the African Command.
At the same time, an official representative of the Government of National Accord (GNA), which is fighting against the Libyan National Army (LNA), told the agency that the aircraft was shot down by a Russian-made air defense system. According to Reuters, neither the Ministry of Defense, nor the Russian Foreign Ministry gave any comments on this event.
We remind you that the Libyan civil war has been going on since 2011, precisely from the period when its former unchanged leader Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown and killed by Islamist militants. And NATO aircraft destroyed important objects belonging to the army and the Libyan government from the air, helping rebels to overthrow the previous government.
In recent years, Libya has been divided between two competing military-political forces LNA, which controls the east of the country, and GNA, which controls the western regions, including Tripoli. At some point, competitors tried to agree on a nationwide election, but the negotiation process failed. Since early April, the LNA launched a large-scale offensive, the goal of which is to gain control of Tripoli. But the GNA managed to stop the enemy on the approaches to the capital and in some places went on the counterattack, so far the fighting has been with varying success at about the same lines.
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Source: Nezavisimaya Gazeta