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    Italy Sends Fighter Aircraft to Birgi Base Amid Concerns Over Libya

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    Italy’s Defense Ministry has ordered the deployment of four AMX fighter aircraft and one Predator drone to its Birgi base near Trapani.

    ROME (Sputnik) – Italy’s Defense Ministry has ordered the deployment of four AMX fighter aircraft and one Predator drone to its Birgi base near Trapani, Sicily, amid concerns over the situation in Libya, the General Staff said.

    "The decision came as a result of recent developments in the countries of North Africa and the following deterioration of security conditions," the General Staff said as quoted by the Tgcom24 TV channel on Friday, explaining that the move is aimed at increasing information gathering and surveillance capacity.

    According to the TV channel, concerns over the situation in Libya were discussed during a Tuesday meeting of Italy’s military leadership with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

    Libya has been in a state of turmoil for years after the Arab Spring protests in early 2011 led to a civil war and the overthrow of long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi.

    The instability that has plagued Libya since 2011 facilitated the emergence of numerous militant groups in the country, particularly Islamic State (Daesh), which has been carrying out attacks on Libya’s oil infrastructure.


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    • avatar
      Arab spring must translate into American sponsored overthrow.
    • avatar
      the AMX looks remarkably similar to the old Skyhawk.
    • Dyke Davis
      What a sick joke to have the gutless nerve to label a War Crime as simply an offshoot of some ambiguous term like Arab Spring to hide behind such savage atrocities on the scale of Libya...just follow ISIS and see what they are really after, which is the oil and gas fields and you'll understand that the US-NATO/Zionist criminals are in full dress behind the fake ISIS criminal syndicate.
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