Russia announced the destruction of 327 militants in response to death of a general in Syria
DAMASCUS, (BM) – The Russian military announced the destruction of hundreds of militants in the so-called white desert in central Syria. This was reported by Interfax with reference to a representative of the Russian group in the republic, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Lenta.ru.
In response to the death of Major General of the Russian Armed Forces Vyacheslav Gladkikh, 327 militants were liquidated by air strikes from the country’s Aerospace Forces, 134 shelters, 17 observation posts, seven warehouses with materiel and five underground storage facilities for weapons and ammunition were destroyed.
According to the Russian side, in the central part of Syria, there is an increase in the activity of gangs, which consist of former supporters of IS. The gangs are replenished with militants “who have undergone special training in the south and southeast of Syria in the US-occupied territories of the Al-Tanf zone and the Syrian Trans-Euphrates,” the military points out.
The death of General Gladkikh became known on August 18. It was reported that an explosive device detonated on the side of the road on the way of the convoy, which was returning from a humanitarian mission.
This happened near the At-Time oil field near the city of Deir ez-Zor in northern Syria. Together with Gladkikh, the commander of the national defense of the city of Al-Meyadin Muhammad Taysar Az-Zahir and his subordinates were also killed.
As the military analyst Leonid Nersisyan wrote in his material for the EurAsia Daily, Gladkikh died as a result of insufficiently accurate military actions in carrying out his task. As a result, the column with the commander who was in it fell into a trap.
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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