DAMASCUS, (BM) – On February 3, the Russian military conducted special operations to destroy jihadist training camps for mercenaries and terrorists in Syria. The military operation took place in the province of Idlib, 17 km northwest of the provincial capital.
Russian airstrikes were aimed at the jihadist group Ajnad Al-Kavkaz. According to field sources, the Russians used Su-24M bombers. Military experts say that according to the explosions’ power, the Russian Air Force dropped 500 kg of high-explosive aircraft bombs.
The jihadist group’s headquarters, as well as barracks and training fields, were destroyed. Russia has used planes taking off from Russia’s Kmeimim airbase near Latakia.
Russia has sent a huge heavily armed convoy to Syria
Moscow sent a substantial military convoy of equipment and weapons systems of the Russian Federation to the area of the Syrian city of Ayn Issa, some Russian agencies report, including Aviapro. According to sources in the Russian news agency, it is a convoy of at least 16 vehicles, including armored personnel carriers, armored cars, army trucks with additional equipment and soldiers.
Pro-Turkish jihadists currently besiege the city of Ayn Issa, media reported. According to the analysis of military experts in the region, this is not a rotation of the Russian military but a planned attack. The number of soldiers in the Russian Federation area has reached at least a thousand soldiers.
We remind you that only a few days ago, the Russian Air Force carried out several air raids and attacks on jihadist positions in Idlib. Field sources say the strikes destroyed equipment mostly provided by the Turkish military.
With each passing day and with Moscow’s help, the Syrian Arab Army is gradually taking control of more and more areas in Idlib. Sources report that the enemy side is methodically violating the agreements reached, which is why the Russian military has activated.
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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