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Turkish UAV seen in Libya

29 August 2019
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The presence of Turkish unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in Libya has seemingly been confirmed by footage showing what appeared to be a Bayraktar TB2 at an airport that could be identified as Mitiga in Tripoli.

The short video clip was released by the Libyan Address Journal new website on 28 August and showed a UAV with the same twin-boom inverted-V tail of the TB2 moving along Mitiga's runway. Footage has previously been released purportedly showing a TB2 flying over Tripoli, but the location could not been confirmed.

Capable of carrying guided bombs and missiles, the Bayraktar is in service with Turkey and Qatar, both supporters of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), which is trying to prevent the Libyan National Army (LNA) faction from capturing the capital. Turkey is known to have supplied BMC Kirpi II armoured vehicles to the GNA in May.

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