Turkey builds a base in Libya; Israeli officers were fired; US wants Patriot in Iraq
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on January 31 in last six hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Turkey decided to build a military base near Tripoli
Ankara is negotiating with the Libyan Government of National Accord (PNS) on the construction of a military base near Tripoli, Al Arabiya TV channel reported citing military sources.
According to the channel, the base can accommodate Turkish special forces and units of the Turkish Navy, create a runway and equip a point of contact. In addition, the channel notes, the PNS is discussing with Ankara the purchase of Turkish military aircraft and drones, reports TASS.
On Thursday, Al Arabiya, citing unnamed sources, said that Turkey had sent militants from Somalia and Kenya to Libya and concluded the first deal with the PNS on the supply of air defense systems.
Before this, it was reported that two frigates of the Turkish Navy, from which the Turkish military and armored vehicles landed, approached the Government-controlled National Accord (PNS) Faiz Sarraj, the Libyan capital of Tripoli. Meanwhile, last week, Ankara said it did not intend to increase the contingent of its military advisers in Libya, while a truce is being observed.
On January 16, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also announced the dispatch of the military to Libya to support the PNS forces.
Top intel officers fired, jailed for sending Palestinian agent on tehina errand
In a bizarre and highly irregular case, senior officers in an elite intelligence unit were harshly punished on Friday for ordering unnecessary missions by a Palestinian agent and later lying about it, the Israel Defense Forces said. The operations: buying tubs of tehina in the West Bank.
One lieutenant colonel was removed from his position and another was sentenced to 28 days in prison for ordering the missions. Other senior officers involved in the affair received official censure, but no other punishments.
Earlier this month, the Channel 12 investigatory news program Uvda interviewed an officer from Military Intelligences’ Unit 504, responsible for cultivating and operating human assets in enemy countries, who revealed that on at least two occasions he had been ordered by his commanders to use one of his spies to purchase jars of the sesame seed paste as a gift for the IDF’s chief intelligence officer.
US wants to deploy Patriot air defense systems in Iraq
The head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Armed Forces, Mark Milli, said the Pentagon is seeking permission from Iraq to deploy Patriot anti-aircraft missile systems on its territory.
“We are working with the Iraqi government on what you just said,” Millie said in response to a reporter’s question at a briefing, TASS reports.
Recall that in January, Iran fired at US bases in Iraq, as a result of the shelling, more than three dozen US troops were injured.
The State Department said last week that the US coalition’s operations in Iraq were “largely paused,” but on Thursday Iraq announced the resumption of joint operations with the US military against terrorists.
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Source: Vzglyad, TTI