Russian supersonic Su-24 attack aircraft hit a mercenary training base in Syria

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DAMASCUS, (BM) – Russia’s aerospace forces in Syria continue to strike at training bases of mercenaries who are preparing for a possible deployment along the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing sources in the Russian news agency AviaPro.

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According to sources in the Russian agency, the Su-24 flew only once over the training camp, managing to kill nearly 170 mercenaries, wound 70 and almost completely destroy the training base itself, using only two bombs. The agency claims that the Russian bombing was the result of information received from the local population, which led first to intelligence actions to confirm the information, and then to the bombing.

We remind you that since the beginning of October this year, the Russian military has stepped up the elimination of Syrian mercenaries heading for Nagorno-Karabakh, after dozens of reports by French, Russian and American intelligence that Syrian mercenaries are actively involved in the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. According to unconfirmed reports since the beginning of the month, Russian aerospace forces have killed more than 700 jihadists and trained mercenaries.

Military analysts also report the fact that Russia has used only one fighter jet to carry out air strikes, which speaks to the power of the war machine in carrying out missions related to bombing military targets.

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.

Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Azerbaijan and Armenia have been in conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh since February 1988, when the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region announced its withdrawal from the Azerbaijan SSR.

During the armed conflict in 1992-1994, the Azerbaijani side lost control of Nagorno-Karabakh and the seven areas adjacent to it. Since 1992, negotiations have been conducted within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group on a peaceful settlement of the conflict. The group is led by co-chairs – Russia, USA and France.

In 1994, Azerbaijan, Armenia and the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, through the mediation of Russia, signed the Bishkek Armistice Protocol. At the same time, military operations did not stop there, which periodically renewed. The most significant exacerbation of the conflict was the four-day war of 2016. Then hundreds of soldiers on both sides became victims.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, during a meeting with the President of Azerbaijan last year, called for a rhetoric that would go against the fundamental principles endorsed by both sides and enshrined in the UN Charter and the Helsinki Final Act when resolving the situation around Nagorno-Karabakh. At the same time, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry admitted that much more needs to be done to achieve a long-term political settlement.

The situation in Nagorno-Karabakh escalated on September 27, active clashes are taking place in the disputed territory. Martial law was introduced in Azerbaijan and Armenia, and mobilization was announced. Both sides reported killed and wounded, including civilians. In Baku, they announced the control of several Karabakh villages and strategic heights. Yerevan also reports about the shelling of the territory of Armenia.

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