Tunisia: No U.S. Drone Bases On Its Soil

Posted October 28, 2016 at 10:56am

Defenseworld.net reports that “The Tunisian Ministry of Defense has denied Washington Post’s report which stated that US has been flying surveillance drones out of unspecified bases within Tunisia.

“’The Ministry of National Defense denies the reports circulating in foreign media outlets concerning the existence of US bases in Tunisia or the use of the Tunisian soil to target military spots in Libya,’” Tunisian officials were quoted as saying by Tunisialive Thursday.”

“As part of Tunisian-US bilateral cooperation, the US drones are acquired to train our military personnel to use this technology and to control out southeastern border with Libya and detect any suspicious movement there, a defence ministry spokesman said. But ‘Tunisian soil would never be used to strike targets in Libya. The drones are used by Tunisians and no one else,’ Belhassen Oueslati said.”