Russia hit ISIS positions in Syria while Turkish special forces conducted an exercise
DAMASCUS, (BM) – The objects of the ISIS terrorist gang in the Ar-Rasafa desert were attacked by the Russian Aerospace Forces on September 6, according to a source of IA Krasnaya Vesna in Syria. “Russian military aircraft attacked the targets of ISIS terrorists in the Ar-Rasafa desert south of Raqqa,” the source said.
No other details of the attack were reported. Russian aircraft working against terrorists in Syria are based primarily at the Khmeimim airbase in Latakia.
Recall that in August 2020, a large-scale operation was carried out in the Syrian desert against the underground cells of IS. It was attended by units of the Syrian army and aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces.
During the operation, 327 militants, their shelters, observation posts and underground storage facilities were destroyed. The operation was carried out as revenge for the murder in this area of Major General of the RF Armed Forces Vyacheslav Gladkikh.
At the same time, military exercises with the participation of Syrian National Army were held in Syrian Hasak by the forces of the Turkish army.
“Turkish special forces, together with Syrian National Army (SNA), conducted military exercises in the north of Al-Hasakah,” the source said.
He added that the exercise took place in the vicinity of the villages of Ad-Dawudiya and Abu Al-Kheir, south of the border town of Ras Al Ain.
We will remind, on September 6, unknown persons attacked the Turkish observation post in the Syrian province of Idlib. One Turkish army soldier was killed in the attack.
Turkey prepares large-scale offensive in Syria
Turkey is preparing a large-scale offensive in Syria in the provinces of Idlib and Aleppo, BulgarianMilitary.com reported earlier today.
According to the resource, for this purpose, about 4 thousand servicemen and about 300 armored vehicles, as well as air defense systems, were transferred to the SAR. In addition, Turkey has increased the number of its observation posts in the SAR.
According to the latest data, 27 of them have already been equipped, of which 11 are located south of the border of the “security corridor”.
An increase in its military presence in Syria gives Turkey the opportunity for a large-scale offensive, which will violate the agreements reached in March to de-escalate the conflict.
Note, earlier the media reported that Russia has sent the latest Hermes missile systems to Syria. One complex can simultaneously destroy up to 10 units of enemy armored vehicles at a distance of up to 100 km.
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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