Haftar forces claim Turkish UAV destroyed

A few hours after Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu threatened retaliation unless Turks seized by the NLA were released, Khalifa Haftar’s army announced that they downed a Bayraktar-type UAV in the Tripoli airport.

The statement said, “Our planes targeted a Bayraktar type unmanned aerial vehicle during takeoff and destroyed it on the military runway.” The Turkish Foreign Ministry issued a new statement on Monday and announced that the detained Turkish citizens were released.

The developments came after Haftar declared Turkey an enemy and issued a “hit” against Turkish interests.

The Turkish state militarily and politically supports the National Unity Government, made up of Tripoli-based Islamist groups.