A threat to Syrian MiG-29s – Turkey has deployed its long-range air defense system

DAMASCUS, (BM) – The Turkish military has allegedly deployed its long-range air defense system in the northwestern governorate of Idlib, the pro-opposition Aleppo Media Center claimed on Sunday, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing AMN.

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According to the Aleppo Media Center, the Turkish military deployed its air defense system to Talat Al-Nabi Ayoub, which is the highest point in the Idlib Governorate.

No photos were released to corroborate the claim and no further information was reported about the alleged deployment of this air defense system.

The Turkish military has already deployed one of its air defense systems to Idlib; however, it is near administrative capital and it primarily a short-range system.

Turkey has repeatedly warned the Syrian military about launching any attacks in northwestern Syria and the presence of these air defense systems will likely deter any future airstrikes over the governorate.

However, at the same time, the Russian Air Force has recently intensified their flights over the Idlib and Aleppo governorates, as their warplanes were reported to have flown at both low and medium altitudes near the Turkish border.

The Russian Air Force reportedly conducted these flights after unknown assailants attacked a Turkish military convoy along the M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia Highway) near the town of Al-Ghassaniyeh.

As a result of this attack, one Turkish soldier was killed and another was slightly wounded.

Background

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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