Russian fighters carried out a powerful air strike on jihadists in Syria
DAMASCUS, (BM) – The Russian Air Force unleashed a powerful attack against the jihadist rebels of the Hurras Al-Deen group after the latter stormed the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions along the Hama-Idlib administrative border on Monday, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing local sources.
According to a field source in northwestern Syria, the Russian Air Force launched a number of strikes over the jihadist positions, inflicting heavy damage on their equipment and causing several casualties.
The source said the Russian warplanes targeted the jihadists in the town of Tanjara, while also expanding their strikes to areas near the Turkish border.
These strikes by the Russian Air Force were carried out in response to the Hurras Al-Deen group’s raid on the Syrian Army’s positions in the town of Tanjara earlier in the day.
BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that earlier today the jihadists managed to infiltrate the army’s positions at Tanjarah, prompting the nearby SAA troops to unleash a large barrage of missiles and artillery shells on the Hurras Al-Deen forces.
The local source revealed that Syrian Army reinforcements were quickly moved to the front-lines after the initial attack by Hurras Al-Deen, as they attempt to restore order around this volatile front in northwestern Syria.
At the same time, the Syrian Arab Army has also sent reinforcements to this front to help restore security along the front-lines of the Al-Ghaab Plain region.
The Hurras Al-Deen group launched a similar attack last month, which resulted in the death of more than 30 Syrian Arab Army soldiers in the northern part of the Al-Ghaab Plain.
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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