Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Tunisia Confirms Reports That It Is Permitting U.S. Drones To Use Its Bases To Monitor The Islamic State In Libya

A road sign shows the direction of Libya near the border crossing at Dhiba, Tunisia April 11, 2016. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Reuters: Tunisia confirms U.S. drones over Libyan border, monitor Islamic State

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi has said U.S. surveillance drones are flying over the Tunisian-Libyan border to ward of attacks by Islamic State, after lawmakers called on his government to clarify U.S. reports on such a mission.

In Tunisia, any U.S. military presence on its soil is a sensitive topic. Opponents say it would be a breach of sovereignty. Last month U.S. government sources said U.S. surveillance drones had begun flying into Libya from a Tunisian air base.

But Essebsi, in a television interview broadcast late on Tuesday, said the measure was needed to avoid cross-border attacks by militants such as an Islamic State assault on the Tunisian town of Ben Guerdan in March.

The drones being used were unarmed, Essebsi said, and in a repeat of previous denials, added there was no U.S. base in Tunisia.

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Update #1: Tunisia president says US drones fly over Libya border (AA)
Update #2: Tunisia: US military is using our military bases (Middle East Monitor)

WNU Editor: I guess the Tunisian government decided that it would be best to come clean right now.

1 comment:

Aizino Smith said...

Tunisia already has at least one valley in the hinterlands that is a no go zone.

If everything was hunky dory could George Lucas safely film Star Wars there again?

Well Obama is still president and ISIS is contained per the Prez, so I think contributor George Lucas should be filming there.

Some of the Tatooine shots are not quite up to snuff. He should redo them.