200 killed in Syria after devastating Russian airstrikes
DAMASCUS, (BM) – Russia has carried out a devastating airstrike on militant bases in Syria, BulgarianMilitary.com has learned, citing a statement by Russian Rear Admiral Alexander Karpov, who is part of Russia’s reconciliation center in Syria. According to him, 200 fighters were killed after the air raid of the Russian combat aircraft on April 19, 2021.
Karpov says Russian planes bombed bases and destroyed 24 more pickups, armed with heavy machine guns and about 500kg ammunition and additional explosive components.
The attacks took place northeast of Palmyra after receiving intelligence from Russian military intelligence operating in the area. According to the intelligence report, the terrorists were training and preparing for upcoming attacks.
The intensification of such terrorist fighters has been noticed in other parts of the country as well. According to Karpov, the upcoming presidential elections in the Arab Republic on May 26 are why the increased activity in Syria. Illegal armed groups are expecting to carry out a series of hostilities against government troops and civilians, their main goal being massive destabilization in Syria.
Karpov added that we could see the activation of such groups and their training in the areas of Al-Tanf, which is under the control of the US military.
Pro-Turkish fighters were attacked by the Russians a few weeks ago
As we reported on April 9, the Russian air force attacked the positions of pro-Turkish fighters in Idlib, Syria. Training camps at Hayat Tahrir al-Sham were the main target of the airstrikes. Russia uses Su-24 and Su-34 aircraft for these attacks.
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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