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Pro-LNA And Pro-GNA Sources Exchange Accusations Over Combat UAV Downed Over Alwashka

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Pro-LNA And Pro-GNA Sources Exchange Accusations Over Combat UAV Downed Over Alwashka

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On April 19, another unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) crashed in northern Libya. Over the past days, several UCAVs supporting forces of the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) had been downed in the area by the Libyan National Army (LNA).

The April 19 UCAV crashes near the town of Alwashka. Pro-LNA sources immediately claimed that it was the TAI Anka UCAV produced by Turkey.

Contary to the claims of pro-LNA sources, pro-GNA outlets claimed that the downed UCAV was the Chinese-produced Wing Loong II. This type of UCAVs is used by the LNA to provide an air support to its forces.

Currently, both pro-GNA and pro-LNA sources are engaged in a fierce media battle pushing own versions.

What’s really interesting is this situation is the scale of usage of UCAVs by both the sides of the conflict. When ISIS first employed its DIY combat UAVs in Syria and Iraq, it was a surprise for most of media around the world. In 2020, it turned that various non sate-atcrots are openly and actively using sophysticated UCAVs provided by their foreign backers, and nobody is surprised. The extensive usage of combat drones became an ordniary situation in the modern local conflicts.

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