Iran’s forces at state of alert; Air and land attacks in Idlib; Turkish troops deploy in Libya

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Iran’s missile forces at heightened state of alert – U.S. official

The United States has detected a heightened state of alert by Iran’s missile forces across the country, a U.S. official told Reuters on Sunday, adding it was unclear whether the higher readiness level was defensive in nature or not.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, did not provide further details or say whether the Iranian missiles were taking aim at any specific targets, amid threats by Tehran of retaliation over a U.S. drone strike last week that killed a top Iranian general.

“They’re clearly at a heightened state of alert. Is that heightened state of alert to be better prepared defensively or to be better prepared offensively? That can’t be determined at this point,” the official said.

“But we’re watching it closely.”

Syrian regime attacks kill 10 civilians in Idlib

At least 10 civilians were killed, 20 others injured on Sunday in Syrian regime’s intensified attacks on settlement areas in Idlib de-escalation zone, according to initial reports.

Regime forces consisting of the Bashar al-Assad army and Iran-backed foreign terrorist groups continue air and land attacks on Maarat Al-Numan, Saraqib and Ariha districts and surrounding rural areas in southern Idlib, as well as the village of Barna located west of Aleppo since early morning.

The initial reports suggest that seven civilians in Ariha, one in Saraqib and two in the village of Barna were killed, while over 20 were injured in the attacks.

Civil defense agency White Helmets fear an increase in the casualties as they continue search and rescue efforts in the region.

While the attacks are ongoing, civilians continue to escape to areas near Turkish border.

Turkey begins deploying troops to Libya, says Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced that Turkish soldiers had begun deploying to Libya after receiving approval from parliament last week.

“Our soldiers’ duty there is coordination. They will develop the operation center there. Our soldiers are gradually going right now,” he told CNN Turk broadcaster on Sunday.

The soldiers will act in support of Fayez al-Serraj’s internationally-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), based in Tripoli.

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Erdogan said Turkey was not sending its own combat forces, but that “different teams” would take on coordination tasks. Senior Turkish military personnel will coordinate the “fighting force” in Libya and provide training on the ground, he added.

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Source: Reuters, Anadolu, DW