DAMASCUS, (BM) – On March 9, early in the morning, the Russian aerospace forces did not carry out a series of bombings of pro-Turkish units in Syria, BulgarianMilitary.com has learned, citing field sources. According to sources, large-scale air raids have been taking place in Idlib for the second day in training camps for Hayat Tahrir al-Sham terrorists.
Russian media say the Russians used Su-24 and Su-34 bombers to strike. Our source sent a photo seconds after one of the airstrikes. He claims that locals later arrived that Russian Aerospace Forces had destroyed the leading facilities in the camp. Russia is expected to continue airstrikes today.
In recent weeks, pro-Turkish forces have stepped up attacks on the Syrian Arab army in various parts of Idlib. Russian airstrikes respond to these attacks, experts say, citing methodical Russian tactics in recent years in Syria.
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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