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Tunisia Denies US' Use of Base to Operate Anti-Daesh Drone Missions in Libya

Sputnik News

14:19 27.10.2016(updated 14:20 27.10.2016)

Tunisia did not allow the United States to use a base of the national army to operate drone missions against Daesh positions in Libya, Defense Ministry spokesman Belhassen Oueslati told Sputnik on Thursday commenting on recent US media reports.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – He added that Tunisia would not allow any foreign forces to use its territory to carry out military operations.

"Reports that Tunisia allowed Washington to use a military base to fly drones to Sirte to conduct anti-Daesh military operations in Libya are unsubstantiated," Oueslati said.

On Thursday, Pentagon official revealed to the Washington Post on condition of anonymity that the United States had been secretly using an army base in Tunisia to operate intelligence missions in Libya.

Daesh terrorist group gained a foothold in Libya in the turmoil following the 2011 ouster of the country's longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Sputnik



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