Syrian army repelled attacks in Idlib; A New Russian observation point in Syria; The US creates space forces
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on December 21 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Syrian army repelled two militant attacks in Idlib
Syrian Armed Forces on the night of Thursday to Friday repelled two attacks by militants of the terrorist groups Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, Ansar al-Tawhid and Khurras al-Din in Idlib province, killed 17 Syrian troops, losses of radicals amounted to 200 man killed and wounded.
This was announced on Friday by the head of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria, Major General Yuri Borenkov.
“At 21:45 on December 19, 2019, after artillery training, about 300 militants from the Khurras ad-Din and Khaat Tahrir al-Sham groups, with the support of armored vehicles, made an attempt to break through in the direction of the Sinjar settlement of Idlib province on the Ajaz-Tell section Khazna: Illegal armed groups (IAFs) penetrated the defense of the Syrian Arab Republic’s armed forces to a depth of 1.5 km, but were stopped by artillery fire and air strikes. <…> At 22:05 on December 19, 2019, up to 400 members terrorist groups “nsar al-Tawhid” and “Hayat Tahrir al-Sham”, supported by infantry fighting vehicles and pickup trucks with heavy machine guns attacked the positions of government forces in the area Sukkayat – Zarzur to break through in the direction of the village of Abu Dali Idlib province,” – said the general.
According to him, both attacks were repulsed by Syrian troops who lost 17 people killed and 42 wounded. “Losses of militants of terrorist groups amounted to 200 people killed and wounded,” Borenkov said.
Russia forms observation point in northeast Syria
Russia has established a military observation point in Syria’s northeastern Al-Hasakah province, according to local sources, Anadolu Agency reports.
Some 70 to 80 Russian military police officers with armored vehicles settled in a farm at the northern entrance of Tal Tamr town.
The town which is occupied by the YPG is located on the strategic M4 highway, southeast of the Turkey-led Peace Spring operation’s area.
Russian forces also set up an observation point for the highway crossings in the town.
There are also a small number of Bashar al-Assad regime forces in the town.
Russian troops carried out several patrols in the surrounding villages for about a month before settling in its current location.
With the start of Peace Spring, US forces withdrew from areas near the operation area and Russian troops moved into some of the abandoned houses.
Trump announced the creation of the US Space Forces
US President Donald Trump officially announced the creation of the US Space Forces as part of the signing of the military budget.
“Today we have a major milestone, today we are officially introducing a new branch of our armed forces called the Cosmic Forces,” RIA Novosti quoted him as saying with reference to the Fox News broadcast.
It is known that within the framework of the adopted budget, $ 40 million will be allocated to the Space Forces. Initially, they will consist of 200 people.
In addition, the military budget provides for measures to counteract Russia and Nord Stream 2. The Pentagon will also launch a number of other important modernization programs and will continue to develop hypersonic weapons, artificial intelligence and directional energy technologies.
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Source: TASS, MEMO, Vzglyad