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Russian fighter jets carried out airstrikes on Turkish Islamists positions in Syria

DAMASCUS, (BM) – Russian military aircraft carried out air strikes on the Turkish Islamists who attacked the Russian air force base in Syria, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing the news agency Aviapro.

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The night attack on the military airfield of the Russian Aerospace Forces in Syria, Khmeimim, forced Russia to give a harsh answer to the militants.

According to sources, combat aircraft were raised from the air base of the Russian Air Force, which struck a jihadist position area, from where an attack was carried out using unmanned aerial vehicles.

The strike of the Russian air forces, also, obviously, was a response to the actions of the militants who attacked the positions of the Syrian army a day earlier. According to sources, and this information has not yet been confirmed by the Russian military command, 2 fighter jets that successfully attacked the positions of the Islamists were raised from the Khmeimim air base.

As a result of airstrikes, weapons depots, temporary fortifications of militants, and, presumably, the headquarters of Turkish jihadists were destroyed.

A day earlier, the Syrian forces also conducted an attack, the positions of which had previously been attacked by militant groups of about 250 people, as a result of which, in just 24 hours, the illegal Syrian military formations suffered very significant losses.

Given this information, experts pay attention to the fact that the situation in the Arab Republic is gradually deteriorating again, the reason for which is the failure of the Turkish side to fulfill its obligations.

Drones launched by rebels attacked Russian Khmeimim air base in Syria

As we reported on July 12 for the second time in the last 40 days, the jihadist rebels have attempted to attack the largest Russian airbase in Syria.

According to a field report from the city of Jableh, the jihadist rebels fired several missile drones that took off from the Latakia-Idlib axis this evening.

he report said the joint Russian-Syrian air defenses were able to intercept all of the jihadist missiles before they could the Khmeimim air base and coastal city of Jableh in the Latakia Governorate.

A source from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) said the jihadist drones were also destroyed during the attack. The Russian and Syrian armed forces have yet to respond to this latest attack by the jihadist rebels; however, they typically launch retaliatory strikes the following day.

The jihadist rebels have launched sporadic attacks throughout the year on the Hmeimim Airbase, much to the dismay of the Russian Armed Forces, who have monitored a fragile ceasefire with their Turkish counterparts in northwestern Syria.

Despite Turkey’s assurances about dismantling these jihadist groups, they have failed to expel these militants from several areas across northwestern Syria.

Large-scale air strike was repulsed near the Russian base in Syria before few days ago

SANA agency has reported on June 223 that the Syrian air defense systems [Air Defense] repelled the attack of drones near Latakia.

Syria’s air defense systems discovered and destroyed severel armed drones on Monday, June 22, in the sky above the village of Jebl, located near the Russian air force base in Khmeimim.

The drones are owned by gangs in the mountainous regions of northern Latakia. The attack was a violation of the truce, which was established on March 6 in the de-escalation zone in the north-west of the republic.

Russia delivered new military equipment in Syria

Yesterday [July 12 – ed.] we also reported that a few days ago, several An-124 military transport aircraft made a mysterious flight from Arkhangelsk to the Khmeimim airbase in Syria, delivering, according to some, as yet officially unconfirmed information.

“Unconfirmed: several military aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces were delivered to the Khmeimim airbase [for the Syrian air force?] On the Russian An-124s. Let’s wait,” reports Last Defender’s Twitter account.

Apparently, the An-124 planes followed a flight from Arkhangelsk to the Khmeimim air base, with an intermediate landing in Krymsk. What was on board the Russian military transport planes is not known for certain, however, these giant planes may well carry several large weapons on board, including fighters and bombers

It is noteworthy that the flights was made from the northern part of Russia, although the planes spent only a few hours at the Khmeimim airbase, after which it returned to Russia, which obviously indicates the fact that the unloading of the side passed quite quickly.

Given the fact that Russia recently handed over its MiG-29 fighters to the Syrian military, it was also suggested that if there really were military fighters and bombers on board, they were intended for the Syrian air force.

Russia continues to supply weapons to Syria, most recently delivering dozens of tanks

The Russian Ministry of Defense is continuing its military equipment deliveries to the Syrian Arab Republic, as another cargo ship was photographed transiting the Bosphorus Strait between the Mediterranean and Black seas, as we reported on July 6.

According to maritime observer Yoruk Isik, the LST Saratov 150 of the Black Sea Fleet was seen transiting the Bosphorus Strait, en route to the Syrian port-city of Tartous.

As pointed out by Isik below, the Saratov 150 specializes in transporting armored vehicles, including tanks and armored personnel carriers (APC).

“Russia’s Syria campaign continues: ВМФ Project 1171 ЧФ BlackSea Fleet 197th Landing Ship Brigade Tapir (NATO:Alligator) class tank/APC carrying LST Saratov 150 transited Bosphorus towards Med en route to Russian naval base in Tartus (formerly 720th Logistics Support Point)” Isik said in his Twitter account.

The delivery of tanks and other armored vehicles to Syria is incredibly important at this juncture, especially since the Turkish military’s attack on the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) equipment in early March of this year.

During the Turkish military attack, several soldiers from the Syrian Arab Army and National Defense Forces (NDF) were killed, while tens of armored and technical vehicles were destroyed by the barrage.

Since the attack, however, the Russian Ministry of Defense has increased its cargo shipments to Syria, as this is the third time this year that Moscow has shipped tanks and other armored vehicles to the Arab Republic.

Russia usually amplifies these deliveries to Syria when they are planning a new offensive; this is especially true, given the Syrian Army’s buildup around the Jabal Al-Zawiya region of southern Idlib.

War in Syria

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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