A Syrian Su-22 Fighter Jet Was Shot Down; Russian Military in Mongolia; Hormuz Mission Discussion

PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on August 15 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:

Syria rebels shoot down government fighter jet in northwest

A Syrian government fighter jet has been shot down by rebels in Idlib province, as Russia-backed government forces closed in on a strategically important town during a push on the last opposition stronghold, Al Jazeera reported

Hay’et Tahrir al-Sham, the most powerful armed group in the area, said on Wednesday its fighters had shot down a Sukhoi 22 jet that had taken off from a Syrian airbase in Homs province.

The statement by the group, a former al-Qaeda affiliate, did not say how the plane had been shot down.

Muhammad Rashid from Nasir Army, a faction of the National Liberation Front in Idlib, told Anadolu Agency that the fighter jet was targeted by anti-aircraft units over the town of al-Tamanah in southern Idlib.

Russian military helicopters arrive in Mongolia for joint drills

Eight army aviation helicopters of Russia’s Eastern Military District have arrived in Mongolia to take part in the Selenga-2019 exercise, the district’s press service said on Thursday, TASS reported.

“The aviation group comprises eight helicopters – four Mi-24 helicopter gunships and four Mi-8AMTSh assault transport helicopters,” the press service said.

The helicopters will provide fire support and reconnaissance for Russian and Mongolian forces taking part in the exercises.

The Russian-Mongolian military exercise, headlined Selenga after the river that originates in Mongolia and flows into Russia’s Lake Baikal, are held on an annual basis. This year, the drills will be held at Mongolia’s Munh Hat range on August 15-24. They will involve over 1,000 servicemen from both sides.

Merkel: European ministers to discuss Strait of Hormuz naval mission

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday she believed the idea of a European naval mission in the Strait of Hormuz would be discussed again at informal meetings of European foreign and defense ministers in Finland later this month, Arab News reported.

“I think the question of a European mission will be discussed there again because this discussion has not yet taken place everywhere and so I believe that the Finnish presidency will play a coordinating role on that,” Merkel told a news conference after meeting visiting Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda.

EU foreign ministers and defense ministers are due to hold informal meetings in Helsinki in late August. Finland took over the EU’s rotating presidency on July 1.

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Source: Al Jazeera, TASS, Arab News

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