Russian and Syrian troops surrounded thousand of militants, Turkey cannot intervene
DAMASCUS, (BM) – On the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic, a large-scale military operation was launched against illegal armed groups, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Sentry Syria news agency.
Syrian government forces, with the active support of the Russian Aerospace Forces aviation, launched a large-scale offensive against the positions of radical groups in the northwest of this Arab country.
According to the publication “Sentry Syria”, the territory in which Assad’s army is carrying out a sweep is about 1.5 thousand kilometers. At the moment, information has been received that about 3 thousand pro-Turkish militants have been surrounded.
While Russian warplanes attack militant positions from the air, government forces strike with artillery. The resource notes that over the past 24 hours, five fighters took to the skies from “Khmeimim”.
The offensive operation in Syria was deployed after the Russian military successfully cleared the M-4 highway in this direction.
Turkey, as noted by the media, cannot intervene and provide support to its militants during a large-scale offensive.
The reason is that, in accordance with earlier agreements, the territory of the Aleppo, Idlib and Hama provinces south of the M-4 highway is coming under the control of Russian troops.
Syria, decided to arm itself with Iranian missile systems
We reported on this step to the Syrian government on 11 July. Then, The Syrian Defense Ministry has come to a general agreement with Iran regarding the supply of anti-aircraft missile systems and updating the existing Syrian air defense system.
Iranian air defense systems are ready to provide full protection for Syrian airspace, military experts firmly state this. The deployment of the Bavar-373 air defense systems is planned to be carried out throughout Syria. I want to note that this air defense system is a complete analogue of the Russian S-300, because the characteristics of these weapons are similar, as is the price segment.
This whole issue of modernization was posed due to the downtime of the S-300 and their inaction. Let me remind you that Russian air defense systems S-300 are based in Syria, but they do not carry out their work, since Russia does not fully intervene in this military-political conflict and the Syrian military campaign as a whole.
Also, the Iranian military is ready to share their experience with Syrian soldiers in the issue of managing and operating Iranian air defense systems; moreover, military experts note that the Bavar-373 air defense system has extensive experience in detecting American fighters.
In general, Russian systems are “idle” for obvious reasons, if they intercept American stealth fighters or Israeli / Turkish UAVs, then a new military-political conflict could easily erupt. That is why Russian air defense systems are inactive.
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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