Artillery attack on Turkish-controlled regions in Syria
DAMASCUS, BM, ($1=3,160 Syrian Pounds) – Russian media reported that a few hours ago, areas in northwestern Syria controlled by the Turkish military were subjected to an artillery attack using Krasnopol ammunition. The ammunition type is essential, because in addition to Russia and Syria, a similar weapon is using by Iran, and the tic of the three countries has not officially confirmed the information.
Russian ammunition Krasnopol began its existence in the distant 1970s during the Soviet era. It is equipped with a jet engine and a self-aligning head.
A field source at BulgarianMilitary.com confirmed the artillery attacks but did not comment on the ammunition used. But he said the attacks destroyed four jihadist groups backed by Turkish-backed jihadist groups, a weapons and ammunition depot, and some armored vehicles.
In recent weeks, the Syrian military and the Syrian National Security Bureau have claimed that Turkey is trying to occupy northwestern Syria. Experts say the artillery attacks may be a response to these Turkish intentions. So far, however, there have been no official statements from Ankara that Turkey has such intentions.
At the same time, the Russian source Aviapro claims that tensions may arise between NATO forces moving in the eastern Mediterranean on the Russian base in Tartus. NATO warships are accompanied by reconnaissance aircraft. Experts suggest that in the event of a threat and tensions, Russia could try to quell it by sending Russian Tu-22M bombers to the region, which were previously permanently located at the Khmeimim base.
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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