Syria tried to take down Turkish F-16 with Russian-made S-200
DAMASCUS, (BM) – The Syrian Arab army tried to take down the Turkish Air Force F-16 fighter with missiles of the S-200 “Angara” anti-aircraft complex in northwestern Syria, learned BulgarianMilitary.com according Al Masdar News and Lenta.ru.
According to sources in Idlib, the Syrian military was aiming at a Turkish fighter, but the F-16 dodged a missile and safely returned to its airspace.
Nevertheless, Syria managed to bring down a Turkish drone. The aircraft became the second drone destroyed in two hours and the seventh in two days. The Syrian army shot down a drone as it approached positions near the strategically important city of Sarakib in Idlib province.
On March 3, the Turkish Air Force F-16 shot down an airplane of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Idlib. The Turkish Ministry of Defense confirmed this information, specifying that the L-39 plane of the Syrian army was destroyed. After the incident, Syrian aviation suspended flights.
In February, fierce fighting broke out between government forces and militants supported by Turkey in and around Sarakib. The significance of Sarakib lies in its location at the intersection of two highways, one of which passes through the whole of Syria from north to south, and the second leads to Latakia, where the country’s main seaport and Khmeimim air base are located.
The situation in Idlib, where the Syrian army launched a large-scale offensive in January, escalated in late February. Turkey, whose observation posts were behind the front line, demanded that Damascus withdraw troops, strengthened support for its loyal militants, and after the death of several dozen of its military as a result of Syrian air strikes, announced the launch of the Spring Shield operation in the region.
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