Conflicting reports from Libya on Friday evening said that the LNA had shot down a Turkish military plane south of Tripoli, the seat of the Government of National Accord (GNA). At least one report said it was a TB2 armed drone, downed after targeting a column of LNA vehicles.
#BREAKING: An hour ago, 2 #Turkish Bayraktar TB2 armed drones supporting Islamist militias of #GNA targeted a convoy of #Libya National Army on its way to #Tripoli at Mizda. 30 mins later one of them was shot-down by a Pantsir S1 SAM system of #LNA in south of #Mitiga airport! pic.twitter.com/lAqkTqmv2u— Babak Taghvaee (@BabakTaghvaee) January 3, 2020
On Thursday,Turkish parliament on Thursday approved the deployment of troops, advisers and equipment to Libya to prop up the GNA, the internationally recognized authority which controls only a small portion of the country. The exact scope of the deployment was not made public.
General Haftar, who runs the LNA on behalf of a rival legislature based in Tobruk, vowed on Friday to “confront and expel” foreign forces.
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