Syrian military repelled another attack by pro-Turkish militants
DAMASCUS, (BM) – The Syrian army was able to repel another attack launched by fighters of the armed opposition and Turkish-backed militants in the eastern part of Idlib province, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Al-Masdar News.
According to the agency, the militants tried to break through the defenses of government forces in the north-western and western directions near the village of Nairab late on February 20.
However, they could not achieve significant success.
According to Al-Masdar News, it is likely that pro-Turkish groups will soon make new attempts to recapture the Syrian military Nairab and the surrounding territories that the militants have lost over the past two months.
After the offensive in January-February, the Syrian army occupied almost half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and left behind Turkish observation posts. This outraged Ankara, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that if by the end of February the Syrian troops were not withdrawn from the line of posts, then the Turkish army would begin a military operation. Russia spoke in favor of resolving the situation through negotiations, but the parties have so far failed to agree.
07:00 EET – Unknown fighter jets tried to attack the Russian air base in Syria – A few hours ago, Syrian television reported that the city of Jebla, located just one kilometer from the Russian military airbase Khmeimim, was subjected to rocket fire from the Mediterranean Sea, state Syrian television reported.
3:32 p.m. EET – Turkey has launched military actions in Idlib, Russia’s Su-35s fighters in the sky – the Turkish military went on the offensive on the position of the Syrian army in the province of Idlib, according to Twitter journalist Charles Lister, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
According to him, the operation is being carried out in the village of Nairab, in the area of which earlier in February one of the Syrian Air Force helicopters was shot down by militants. A column of Turkish military equipment, including several tanks, also went towards this village. In addition, artillery strikes were reported.
4:09 p.m. EET – Syria said it repels the attack in Idlib, a missile was aimed to Su-24 – the Syrian military repelled an attack by the armed opposition in the province of Idlib, which, according to some sources, was supported by the Turkish army, learned BulgarianMilitary.com according Lenta.ru and citing the state agency SANA.
Details are not given.
A Su-24 front-line bomber in the sky over Idlib province in Syria was fired from a portable anti-aircraft missile system, but was able to avoid a missile hit. The video was posted on Twitter by Syrian journalist Mohammed Gorab.
Who owns the plane is not specified. Such bombers are both at the disposal of the Russian air group in Syria, and as part of the Republican Air Force, but it is known that the Russian air forces in recent days have been especially active in Idlib and Aleppo. Al-Masdar News writes about the belonging of the bomber to the Russian forces.
4:21 p.m. EET – Russia’s Su-24 bombed over Idlib, Turkey stopped artillery strikes, Turkish soldiers died – Russian Su-24 bombers bombed pro-Turkish militants and terrorists who launched an offensive in Syrian Idlib. This is stated in the statement of the Center for the Reconciliation of the warring parties (CPVS) in Syria, which was received by the editors of “Lenta.ru“, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
The organization said the airstrike helped the Syrian military repel attacks by militants who managed to break through the defenses of government forces in the area of the village of Nairab. The destruction of one tank, six infantry fighting vehicles and five rebel pickups is reported.
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