Powerful air strikes by Russian fighters destroyed an Islamic State base in Syria
DAMASCUS, (BM) – According to Russian sources, Russian and Syrian fighter jets have carried out powerful airstrikes on a military base of terrorists from the Islamic State group, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. Russian news agency Aviapro claims that both countries’ intelligence has managed to track the movement of individual terrorists in recent days. It was they who managed to reveal the location of the base, followed by air raids.
Another Russian media outlet, Ruskaya Vesna, says that the air force of the Russian army in Syria has hit an additional 27 sites of the terrorist organization in the last three days. According to both Russian agencies, the total number of terrorists killed is over 40. The media claim that the Russian and Syrian air forces have killed jihadists recently released from prisons in Hasek and Al-Hall.
Military analysts say jihadist operations against the military and civilians in certain parts of Syria have intensified in recent weeks. Experts say that this is the main reason for the air attacks by the Russian and Syrian army.
BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that on November 24 according to field sources in Idlib province, Russian aerospace forces, backed by the Syrian Air Force, launched large-scale air strikes on jihadist positions last night. According to preliminary information, this is a camp of fighters. According to various sources, the bombings were prolonged, starting late in the evening of the previous day [November 23 – ed.].
According to field sources, the reason for the bombing was intelligence about attempts by jihadist units to get closer to the positions of the Syrian Arab Army in the area. The information was most likely received 24 hours in advance. This claim is based on the fact that the Russian aerospace forces have introduced the practice of air strikes in Syria 24 hours after receiving specific information.
According to field sources, Syria has joined the night attacks not only with its attacking aircraft, but also with artillery, which is also located in the area.
We remind you that according to information provided by a source from the Russian Ministry of Defense, a few days ago a Turkish convoy crossed the border with Syria at an unmarked place and according to Russian military intelligence, it was a supply of weapons to military units in the region supporting Erdogan’s policies for Syria. Also, just a month ago, Russian forces launched three intense airstrikes and bombings on training camps of Syrian mercenaries preparing to leave the country and take an active part in the battle for Nagorno-Karabakh.
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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