Battles near Tripoli; Ankara sends troops to Syria; A resolution stops Trump for war

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Fierce battles near Tripoli

According to witnesses and forces affiliated with the Government of National Accord (GNA), fighting renewed on Thursday between the two parties to the Libyan conflict in southern Tripoli, causing the death of a least one civilian, despite the UN Security Council’s adoption of a permanent ceasefire resolution on Wednesday.

The same sources said that flights were suspended at Maitika International Airport after being targeted with a missile. At the same time, battles erupted again in southern Tripoli between the GNA forces and military formations affiliated with Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.

Witnesses heard the sound of a missile explosion in the agricultural plateau project, about 30 kilometres south of the centre of the Libyan capital.

Other rockets landed in residential neighbourhoods, killing one woman and wounding four other civilians, according to the GNA spokesman Amin Al-Hashemi.

Mustafa Al-Mujai, a spokesman to the GNA, confirmed to Agence France-Presse that clashes broke out again in the region mentioned above while accusing Haftar’s forces of violating the fragile truce announced on 12 January.

Ankara sends troops to Idlib to ‘control the region’, says Turkish defense chief

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Thursday that Ankara was sending troops to Syria’s Idlib to control the region.

“We are dispatching additional troops to Idlib to maintain a ceasefire and control the region. We will use military force against those who violate the ceasefire, including radicals,” Anadolu Agency quotes him as saying.

According to Akar, “Turkey’s observation posts [in Idlib] will continue to play an important role in ensuring control of the situation. The goal of beefing up our presence in Idlib is to maintain a permanent ceasefire,” he stressed.

Ankara has been sending troops to the Turkish-Syrian border and Syria’s idlib province on a daily basis over the past ten days. According to regional experts’ estimates, an unprecedented number of military equipment has been redeployed over the past few days.

The US Senate restricted Trump’s rights to start a war with Iran

The US Senate has approved a resolution restricting US President Donald Trump’s powers to conduct military operations against Iran without congressional approval, the BBC reported.

It requires Trump to withdraw US troops engaged in hostilities against Iran unless Congress declares war or adopts a resolution authorizing specific use of force. The bill was supported by 55 senators and 45 voted against. The Senate has a majority of Republicans, but eight votes in favor of the resolution.

The document was approved shortly after US naval forces announced they had seized weapons believed to be Iranian in the Arabian Sea.

The US president warned that adopting the resolution could put the country in danger. He will likely veto when the document is sent to the White House for approval.

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