Turkish military base was attacked in Syria, two soldiers were wounded
DAMASCUS, (BM) – Militants guarding a Turkish observation post in Idlib were wounded by unknown assailants on August 28, according to the Syrian opposition agency Anba Syria, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
Several militants of the pro-Turkish group “Feilak Ash-Sham” were injured as a result of an attack by unknown persons on a Turkish observation post near Jisr Ash-Shugur in Idlib.
The militants were in the outer cordon of the base. Late in the evening of 28 August, unidentified persons attacked the base.
The attackers used a vehicle that exploded at the entrance to the observation post. Presumably, it was destroyed by the Turkish military with a shot from a grenade launcher.
After the explosion of the vehicle at the base, a shooting battle began. The Turkish military lifted a Bayraktar TB2 attack drone into the air and called in reinforcements from Turkey in the form of helicopters.
Turkey sent 450 armored vehicles in Syria
Turkey has deployed more than 450 military vehicles to the northwestern part of Syria. They came from the neighboring province of Hatay, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) report on August 21.
According to SOHR, the convoy consisted of armored vehicles and heavy weapons. It is noted that the arrival of reinforcements took place a day after the air strike of the Russian Aerospace Forces in the province of Idlib.
As we reported earlier this month, Russian Aerospace Forces planes attacked the positions of Syrian militants in the region of Idlib province.
On August 18, the Russian Su-24M bombers launched a series of attacks on militant positions in the north of Idlib province. It is not excluded that these actions are a response to attempt to undermine the Russian-Turkish patrol on the M4 highway on August 17, the Military Observer Telegram channel informed then.
The source reported that the bombers launched a series of strikes in the north of Idlib province, where the militants are located. Local media reported that the attacks were carried out on the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham group. It is possible that these are the militants who are behind the attempt to undermine the Russian-Turkish patrol on the M4 highway.
Earlier it was reported that an explosion occurred on the route of the Russian-Turkish military patrol in the province of Idlib. The Russian military did not suffer.
Weeks ago, Turkey mistakenly shot down two US UAVs
Two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) crashed on August 18, in the Syrian province of Idlib. At least one of them turned out to be an American reconnaissance and strike UAV MQ-9 Reaper.
Initially, pro-Turkish militants reported the destruction of a Russian drone in the skies over Idlib using a portable anti-aircraft missile system (MANPADS). However, in the wreckage of the shot down drone, one of the American MQ-9s was identified, which in recent days began to fly in the area much more often, the Military Observer portal notes.
The Pentagon later admitted that the US Air Force “lost two drones over Syria after a mid-air collision.” At the same time, the type of the second UAV is not named.
Despite the statement by the United States of a collision in the air of two drones, which, according to the US military, was the cause of their crash, photos and videos of the defeat of the MQ-9 missile were published on the network. When it fell, it was already on fire. This was also evidenced by an explosion in the air.
According to one version, the Turkish military stationed in the Idlib de-escalation zone could have mistakenly attacked the American drone from the MANPADS.
The situation in the northwest of the Arab Republic continues to escalate. Earlier it became known that the Russian Aerospace Forces struck a blow at the positions of the Islamist alliance “Hayat Tahrir al-Sham” and their allies in the western part of Idlib province.
In the southern sector of the Idlib front – the highlands of Jebel al-Zawiya and the Al-Gab valley – there is a concentration of additional forces by the Syrian army. Several terrorist groups continue to operate in this area at once, including Khuras al-Din and the Islamic Party of Turkestan (banned in the Russian Federation), which is a violation of the Russian-Turkish agreements of March 5 this year.
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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