A Missile Attack in Syria; Saudi Oil Attacks Came from ‘Iranian Soil’; 40 Russian Aircraft to Indra Drills
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on September 18 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
10 Iran-backed fighters killed in Syria attack: Report
A missile attack by an unidentified aircraft hit a position near a Syrian government-held town along the Iraqi border overnight on Tuesday, reportedly killing at least 10 Iran-backed fighters.
The attack took place in Al Bukamal, in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Az Zor, security officials said.
Reuters news agency reported the raid was carried out by unmanned aerial vehicle. However, according to the report, it caused no casualties.
The missile hit a weapons depot belonging to Iraqi factions operating under the banner of the Popular Mobilization Forces, the name given to mainly Shia militias in Iraq that are backed by Iran.
Saudi oil attacks came from southwest Iran, U.S. official says, raising tensions
The United States believes the attacks that crippled Saudi Arabian oil facilities last weekend originated in southwestern Iran, a U.S. official told Reuters, an assessment that further increases tension in the Middle East.
Three officials, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said the attacks involved cruise missiles and drones, indicating that they involved a higher degree of complexity and sophistication than initially thought.
The officials did not provide evidence or explain what U.S. intelligence they were using for the evaluations. Such intelligence, if shared publicly, could further pressure Washington, Riyadh and others to respond, perhaps militarily.
Russia plans to send over 40 aircraft to Indra drills
More than 40 Russian aircraft of various types will be sent to India to take part in the Russian-Indian military exercise, Indra-2019, the Eastern Military District’s press service said on Tuesday.
“In order to participate in joint Russian-Indian multi-service exercise, Indra, the Russian side plans to send over 40 aircraft of various types, including 15 fighter jets, about 20 military-transport aircraft and more than five army aviation helicopters to the Republic of India,” the press service reported.
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Source: Reuters, TASS, Al Jazeera