A Russia’s Su-57 carried out an air strike over Idlib, three militants were killed
DAMASCUS, (BM) – A Russia’s Su-57 carried out an air strike over Idlib and killed at least three members of the pro-Turkish terrorist group Jaish al-Nasr, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing news agencies Aviapro and AMN.
Local sources said that the aircraft was not seen by either Syrian militants or Turkish air defense systems, which raises the question of whether Russia used a stealth fighter jet in the territory of Syria.
According to the Lebanese news agency AMN, it is possible that Russian aerospace forces also used an unmanned aerial vehicle, due to the characteristics of the terrain where the Jaish al-Nasr members were located.
According to Al-Masdar News, kamikaze drones could be used for this, however, to date, Russia’s armament has drones capable of operating at a long distance.
Turkey has not yet commented on the attack on terrorists, however, immediately after the incident, three Turkish drones were seen in the sky over Idlib, who remained in the area for about 4 hours
Given the fact that we can talk about the use of the Russian “stealth”, experts did not at all exclude the possibility that the Russian Su-57 or even the Okhotnik UAV could be behind the strike, although the latter option is extremely unlikely.
BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that during the last nine years of military clashes in Syria, a number of new weapons have been tested, mainly from Russian military units. This is the case with Russia’s latest surface-to-air missile/anti-ballistic missile system – S-500 and medium-range surface-to-air missile system – Pantsir-S
It is possible that this air attack is a real combat test of the newest stealth aircraft of the Russian aviation, namely the Su-57.
In February, Turkey lost at least 62 troops killed in Syria, nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, dozens of Turkish armored vehicles were destroyed and more than ten drones, including drone, were shot down. Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of involvement in the deaths of Turkish soldiers, Russia rejects these allegations.
In early March, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, concluded an agreement according to which a ceasefire came into force in the Idlib de-escalation zone.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad later said that if the US and Turkish military did not leave the country, Damascus would be able to use force.
The reason for the Russian-Turkish negotiations was a sharp aggravation of the situation in Idlib, where in January a large-scale offensive by the Syrian army against the positions of the armed opposition and terrorists began.
Government forces recaptured nearly half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and left behind a number of Turkish observation posts. After that, Ankara sharply increased its military contingent in the region and launched the operation “Spring Shield” to push the Syrian troops. Turkey is also supported by militants loyal to it.
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