Turkey wants to test S-400 with F-35; Hezbollah base was attacked; Syrian soldiers were killed
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on January 24 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Turkey proposed integrating S-400 air defense systems into NATO defense system
Turkey has proposed integrating the Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile system, procured in Russia, into the NATO defense system. The Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu made a corresponding proposal.
Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Chavoshoglu said that the Russian S-400 air defense system could be compatible with the fifth-generation American fighter F-35 and integrated into NATO’s defense system. He proposed the creation of a working group to assess how the S-400 can be combined with alliance systems.
“The concern is that the F-35 fighters and the C-400 systems are incompatible … Let’s create a working group, NATO will be able to lead it. Let the experts study this issue and make an assessment” said the head of the Turkish Foreign Ministry.
Recall that the United States excluded Turkey from the F-35 fighter production program because of Ankara’s purchase of the S-400 air defense system. Washington has expressed concern that the Russian anti-aircraft system “may receive data on the latest fighter.”
In turn, Turkey does not intend to abandon the S-400, according to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, the system will be put on combat alert in April 2020. At the same time, Ankara does not exclude the acquisition of an additional batch of anti-aircraft systems. The decision on this will be made following further negotiations with Washington on fifth-generation F-35 aircraft and Patriot systems.
Unidentified aircraft reportedly strike Hezbollah base in Iraq
Unidentified aircraft attacked a military base used by the Hezbollah terror group near the Syria-Iraq border overnight Thursday-Friday, according to Arabic media reports.
The airstrikes reportedly targeted a Hezbollah headquarters near the Iraqi town of al-Qa’im, according to the al-Hadath and al-Arabiya news outlets.
The aircraft carried out three waves of strikes, the reports said.
Earlier this month, an airstrike in nearby eastern Syria killed eight fighters from Iraq’s Iran-backed Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Force) militia.
A monitoring group said the attack was carried out by unidentified aircraft. The US-led military coalition operating in Syria and Iraq denied carrying out the strike.
The attack followed explosions reported at a base near the Iraqi-Syria border thought to be used by Shiite militias, in what was a suspected airstrike, and several drone strikes in the area.
Rebels kill dozens of soldiers in Syria’s Idlib: State media
Dozens of Syrian soldiers have been killed by armed fighters during a major attack on government forces in Idlib, though the account has been disputed by a rebel official.
Russia’s defence ministry said the attack killed up to 40 soldiers, the Reuters News Agency quoting Syria’s state media reported on Thursday.
Moscow said the fighters seized two Idlib settlements in one of the offensives, which began on Wednesday, forcing the Syrian army troops to abandon some of their positions in the de-escalation zone.
Idlib is the last rebel-held swath of territory in the country and hundreds of thousands of people in the area have fled in recent weeks amid heavy air raids by Russian and Syrian forces.
The Syrian state media made no mention of army casualties, but said an attack that included car bombs and heavy gunfire forced some of its forces to re-deploy.
A spokesman for the National Liberation Front coalition of rebel groups, Naji al-Mustafa, disputed the Syrian media and Russian government accounts, claiming no such attack had taken place.
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Source: TTI, Al Jazeera, Topwar