Russian-Egyptian Air Defense Drills; Israeli Soldier is Missing; Russia Wants Proof for Baghdadi Death
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on October 28 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
First joint Russian-Egyptian air defense drills kick off in Egypt
The first Russian-Egyptian air defense drills, the Arrow of Friendship-2019, kicked off at a practice range of the Egyptian air defense troops’ training tactical center on Sunday, the press service of the Southern Military District has said.
“The exercises’ goal is to share experience between the Russian and Egyptian military and also to ensure airspace security and use air defenses to protect critical facilities as well as to improve practical skills of servicemen in engaging the maximum combat capabilities of air defense missile systems during joint activities on repelling strikes carried out by a simulated enemy in various conditions,” the press service said.
Earlier reports said that anti-aircraft gunners from the Southern Military District would practice measures for destroying air targets by using the Egyptian army’s Tor-2ME and Buk-M2E missile systems, ZSU-23-4 Shilka self-propelled anti-aircraft weapon systems and Igla missiles.
IDF soldier missing for over 24 hours – Army Radio reports
IDF soldier Eliezer Ashkenazi, 20-year-old, had gone missing on Sunday morning in Kfar Saba, Ynet reported. He is likely wearing IDF uniforms, the public is asked to notify police should he be seen.
Search parties are attempting to track him down since Sunday evening, Army radio reported in a tweet on Sunday.
ISIS leader Baghdadi dead? Russia wants more proof
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said that Russia does not have “reliable” data about the claim made by US President Donald Trump that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is, in fact, dead, CNN reported.
Konashenkov argued Russia did not have any intel on air strikes made on the “Idlib de-escalation zone” by American forces.
Trump claimed eight helicopters were involved and thanked a wide coalition of partners, including the Russians, in making the operation possible.
Even if al-Bahdadi is dead, the point of view the Major General gave is that such a feat would have “no operational significance” as it was Russian support of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad that defeated ISIS.
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Source: TJP, TASS