Syrian Mi-25 helicopters attack jihadists in Idlib [video]
DAMASCUS, (BM) – The Syrian air force has launched a powerful rocket attack on a jihadist base in Idlib province. BulgarianMilitary.com has unique footage from the moment of the attack in which the Syrian pilots fired “hail” from unguided missiles.
According to an analysis by BulgarianMilitary.com, these are Russian-made Mi-25 helicopters. We remind you that very recently, Syria received repaired and updated Mi-25 attack helicopters. The attack, filmed on video, signals that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad intends to use Syrian army helicopters.
It is clear from the video that the way the Syrian helicopters fly in an attacking configuration of three aircraft, the Syrians are aware of the jihadists’ positions and their base. According to information from a field source, the attacking helicopters completed the attack successfully.
Military experts suggest that it makes perfect sense for Syria to receive more similar attack helicopters from Russia. Syria has a limited number of helicopters. This fact and their active use by the Syrian Air Force could be why Damascus and Moscow sit at the negotiating table for a new delivery. We remind you that Russia and Syria signed an agreement on military-technical cooperation.
Powerful Russian bombing over jihadist camps in Syria
Recall that on February 3, the Russian military conducted special operations to destroy jihadist training camps for mercenaries and terrorists in Syria. The military operation took place in the province of Idlib, 17 km northwest of the provincial capital.
Russian airstrikes were aimed at the jihadist group Ajnad Al-Kavkaz. According to field sources, the Russians used Su-24M bombers. Military experts say that according to the explosions’ power, the Russian Air Force dropped 500 kg of high-explosive aircraft bombs.
The jihadist group’s headquarters, as well as barracks and training fields, were destroyed. Russia has used planes taking off from Russia’s Kmeimim airbase near Latakia.
War in Syria
In February 2020, Turkey lost at least 62 troops killed in Syria. Nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, Syrian-backed forces destroyed dozens of Turkish armored vehicles, and more than ten drones, including drones, 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, agreed that 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 use power.
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 several 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. Militants are loyal to Ankara and support Turkey.
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