Iranian drones and rockets hit US military base Al-Tanf in Syria
DAMASCUS, ($1=1,257.86 Syrian Pounds) – Attacking drones and rockets hit the US base Al-Tanf in Syria in southern Syria, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing field sources. According to the information, the drones have not been marked and their number has not been specified yet. According to some sources, we are talking about four attacking drones, others say that there were five.
CENTCOM confirms the attack on US troops at Al Tanf, Syria. The US military said that it was utilised “both unmanned aerial systems [drone] and indirect fire [rocket].” “We maintain the inherent right of self-defense and will respond at a time and place of our choosing” the CENTCOM statement said. A military official in the US Central Command told Sky News Arabia: “Initial assessments suspected that Iranian-backed militias had targeted Al-Tanf, and investigations are ongoing”.
There is no official information on who is behind the attack. Al Mayadeen TV reported that drones and missiles hit barracks and outbuildings. There is no official information on casualties. However, the attack caused a fire at the base.
According to other sources, the attack was not carried out by drones, but by MiG-29 fighters. A similar message was spread by the AlBadia 24 news agency. According to their sources, a drone conducted aerial reconnaissance, followed by an air raid on the MiGs. There is no information about whose fighters they are. The agency claims they were without signs.
Whether the base was hit by fighter jets or drones, the attack confirmed the opinion of dozens of military experts that the Americans in this area do not have air defense systems or radar systems. However, others claim that the United States has deployed radar systems at the base, but if the attack was carried out by MiGs, they have suppressed the operation of radars, as some MiGs have an electronic warfare system. “Some MiGs” may belong to the Syrian Air Force, as Manila and Russia have significantly renewed Syria’s fighters this year.
In early September, the Pentagon denied earlier information in the Iranian media about the withdrawal of US troops from three bases in Syria. “The parameters of our mission in Syria remain the same,” said a Defense Ministry spokesman. According to the US military, there are currently 900 US troops in the Arab Republic.
In August, the Syrian state news agency SANA found that the United States had transferred several dozen Islamic State fighters from prisons at its base in Syria. In total, the military transported 40 terrorists to the base in the city of al-Shadadi. Among them is one of the leaders of the terrorist organization and a specialist in the production of explosive devices. The agency emphasizes that this was done “to implement Washington’s plans in the region.”
The civil war in Syria
The Syrian civil war has been going on for almost a decade. Attempts by movements such as the Syrian Democratic Forces to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have failed.
The Syrian democratic forces are armed by allies and the United States, while the Syrian army is armed mainly by Russia. Russia is the only country officially invited to Syria by President Bashar al-Assad.
In 2017, the United States launched a massive missile strike on Bashar al-Assad’s forces after a report emerged that the Syrian president had used chemical weapons to attack his people in the country. Syria and Russia deny such actions.
During his tenure, US President Donald Trump decided to withdraw much of US troops from Syria, leaving several troops to guard Syria’s oil fields on the pretext of “falling into the hands of Islamic State.”
With the withdrawal of the United States, Turkey comes to the fore, declaring it necessary to deal with the Kurds and the PKK movement in the northern part of the country, which borders Turkey. That is why Erdogan is sending troops in an attempt to build a stable and secure 30km zone between Syria and Turkey, which will prevent future terrorist attacks on Turkish territory, as it is.
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 2020, 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 military 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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