Successful Test of the New Russian S-400; Iran Supports Houthis in Yemen; Turkish Forces Neutralize Terrorists

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Russia successfully test-fires new S-400 air defense missile systems

The combat teams of the Leningrad Air Force and Air Defense Army from the Western Military District successfully test-fired new S-400 surface-to-air missile systems after they were accepted for service, the District’s press office reported on Wednesday.

At the Kapustin Yar practice range, the combat teams of a surface-to-air missile battalion accepted the new S-400 systems from the manufacturer.

“After the acceptance, the anti-aircraft gunners test-fired the systems against unique Favorit-RM hypersonic target missiles that simulated a notional enemy’s air attack weapons,” the press office said in a statement.

The new S-400 systems struck all the designated targets, the press office of the Western Military District said.

Russia’s S-400 ‘Triumf’ (NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler) is the latest long-and medium-range surface-to-air missile system that went into service in 2007. It is designed to destroy aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles, and can also be used against ground installations. The S-400 can engage targets at a distance of up to 400 km and at an altitude of up to 30 km under intensive enemy fire and jamming.

Iran admits supporting Houthis in Yemen for the first time

Iran has long denied providing any military support for the Houthis in Yemen. However, it has acknowledged for the first time since the outbreak of the war in Yemen in 2015, that the Revolutionary Guards offered “advisory and intellectual support” to its ally, the Houthi group.

Iranian Chief of Staff, Major General Mohammed Bagheri, admitted providing this kind of support to Houthis, in an interview with Phoenix Chinese TV Channel.

According to Bagheri, Iran provided advisory support, weapons and equipment to Iraq and Syria at the request of their governments, and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) was, of course, responsible for that mission. The Maj. Gen. did not deny the Iranian army’s assistance to the IRGC forces there.

“Yemen is currently under siege, and all entries are closed. Even medicine could not be delivered there for a long time,” said Bagheri, who denied sending any missiles to Yemen.

“How can we send meters long missiles to Yemen while we cannot even deliver medicine there?” said Bagheri. He stressed that Iranian assistance to the Houthis was limited to the consultative and ideological aspects, and revealed for the first time that it was the Revolutionary Guards that was in charge of this task.

He also pointed out that the Islamic Republic will stand by the Yemeni people so that they can keep this aggression away from their country.

Turkish forces neutralize 8 PKK terrorists in Northern Iraq

The Turkish military neutralized eight PKK terrorists in anti-terror operations in northern Iraq, the country’s Defense Ministry said on Wednesday, reports Reuters.

On Twitter, the ministry said three of the terrorists were neutralized by Turkish fighter jets in the Hakurk region as part of Turkey’s ongoing anti-terror offensive Operation Claw 3.

Separately, five terrorists were neutralized in the Gara region in a coordinated operation of the Turkish Armed Forces and the National Intelligence Organization (MIT), the ministry added.

Turkish authorities often use the word “neutralized” to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.

PKK terrorists often use northern Iraq to plan cross-border terrorist attacks in Turkey.

On May 27, Turkey launched Operation Claw against the PKK in the Hakurk region of northern Iraq, followed by the operation’s second and third phases in July and late August.

Over 400 PKK terrorists have been “neutralized” in northern Iraq over the past four months, according to the ministry.

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