DAMASCUS, (BM) – Militants of the Daesh terrorist group [Islamic State, IS, ISIS] on the eve of September 8, took control of the Deibat gas field in the Syrian province of Homs, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing EurAsia Daily.
According to reports by Islamist sources, which yesterday and today were picked up by some Middle Eastern publications, ISIS carried out a “counterattack against the Syrian regime and Russian troops”, seizing the said gas field.
During the attack, the terrorists used their favorite tactic: a surprise attack with the help of pickup trucks, which are equipped with large-caliber machine guns.
It is noted that last Sunday, September 6, “the forces of the Syrian regime and Russian troops seized control of the Deibat from ISIS.”
Earlier, the Russian Aerospace Forces attacked terrorist targets in the desert area of the Sokhna region, surrounding the gas field.
Russia hit ISIS positions in Syria
The objects of the ISIS terrorist gang in the Ar-Rasafa desert were attacked by the Russian Aerospace Forces on September 6. “Russian military aircraft attacked the targets of ISIS terrorists in the Ar-Rasafa desert south of Raqqa,” the source said.
No other details of the attack were reported. Russian aircraft working against terrorists in Syria are based primarily at the Khmeimim airbase in Latakia.
Recall that in August 2020, a large-scale operation was carried out in the Syrian desert against the underground cells of IS. It was attended by units of the Syrian army and aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces.
During the operation, 327 militants, their shelters, observation posts and underground storage facilities were destroyed. The operation was carried out as revenge for the murder in this area of Major General of the RF Armed Forces Vyacheslav Gladkikh.
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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