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The US killed Iranian commander; A military plane crashed; Terrorist attack was repelled in Syria

PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on January 3 in last six hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:

U.S. says it kills top Iranian commander Soleimani in air strike

The United States killed Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force and spearhead of Iran’s spreading military influence in the Middle East, on Friday in an air strike at Baghdad airport, the Pentagon and Iran said.

Top Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, an adviser to Soleimani, was also killed in the attack, a militia spokesman said.

The high-profile assassinations are likely to be a massive blow to Iran, which has been locked in a long conflict with the United States that escalated sharply last week with the storming of the US embassy in Iraq by pro-Iranian militiamen following a US air raid on the Kataib Hezbollah militia, founded by Muhandis.

“At the direction of the President, the U.S. military has taken decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad by killing Qassem Soleimani,” the Pentagon said in a statement.

“This strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans,” it added.

Military plane crash in Sudan’s West Darfur leaves 18 dead

A military transport plane crashed on Thursday after taking off from an airport in Sudan’s West Darfur, killing 18 people on board, according to the military.

The Antonov 12 plane crashed five minutes after taking off from El-Geneina, killing its crew of seven as well as three judges and eight other civilians, including four children, the statement said.

The cause of the crash is being investigated.

Idlib: jihadists suffer heavy losses

The counter-offensive of the militants in Idlib choked. Observers have already recognized him as “unsuccessful.”

According to AMN from Lebanon, jihadists in the southeastern rural areas of Idlib governorate today tried to recapture the areas occupied by the Syrian Arab Army (CAA) in December last year.

Opposition jihadists from the Tahrir al-Sham group (banned in Russia) launched an attack, sending the first two suicide bombers. With the help of suicide bombers, it was supposed to break through the defenses.

And at first it seemed that the militants would succeed.

Following the suicide bombings, the jihadists stormed the Syrian Arab army, intending to further seize the Al-Tah settlement, located south of Jardjanaz.

However, the attack of the jihadists was ultimately repelled by the SAA troops – the opposition suffered heavy losses west of Al-Taha. Losses were suffered by both Tahrir al-Sham and the so-called Syrian National Army, currently supported by Turkey.

According to a source from the 25th division of special forces, Syrian troops managed to capture two jihad mobiles that were used on Thursday to attack.

Now the Syrian Arab army secured territory in the southeast of Idlib. CAA is preparing to go on the offensive. It will take place in the coming days.

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Source: Reuters, Topwar

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