LONDON, (BM) – Britain will fight Islamic State terrorists in Iraq and Syria by sending its aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth with an F-35s on board, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. Along with the aircraft carrier, the Royal Navy sent six ships, a submarine, 14 naval helicopters, and marines.
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Onboard the aircraft carrier is the famous British squadron “Dambusters,” which, according to a statement from the British Ministry of Defense, will carry out “pack a potent punch” against the famous but already significantly weakened the terrorist group. A total of 18 F-35 fighters are currently on board, eight from the Royal Air Force and ten from the US Air Force.
British Military Marshal Sir Mike Wigston says Britain’s aid to Iraq and Syria is an aid to an ally such as the Iraqi government and people. Wigston says Islamic State is not “this ground-holding force” as it was more than six years ago, but “toxic” terrorism has not yet been eradicated. “But I’m in no doubt that the violent extremism and the toxic ideology underpinning it is still rooted in that region” are his exact words.
Iraq is not Russian business, but Syria is
Most of the ships sent to the Royal Navy will have to be located near the Russian naval base in Tartus, Syria. According to preliminary information, the Royal Navy will have to work in joint operations with partners and allies from the Indo-Pacific region. Still, Russia is not such a partner, especially against the background of the recent controversy in recent months.
London wants to signal its allies that it is ready to support its efforts against terrorism and its readiness to act on the world stage. However, Royal Navy to the Syrian region is a signal to Moscow that Washington will try to keep an eye on the actions of the Russians in the area.
The problem with London and Washington is that they are not allies of Damascus. All this means closed airspace for their aircraft. This case is not the same with the Russian Air Force, officially invited to the country like all Russian military units in Syria. An improperly planned air attack entering the Syrian airspace could cause an accident. Against the background of the already deteriorating situation, at one point, Russia and Britain may turn out to be more enemies than they are now.
Terrorist acts in Iraq using explosives and firearms. Attacks accompanied by many victims carry out against the civilian population, law enforcement officers, and other states’ diplomatic missions. Islamic State or ISIS is responsible for some of the attacks. A common tactic is to undermine mined cars, as well as suicide bombings. Explosions are herding in mosques, markets, restaurants during the funeral. By the number of terrorist acts, Iraq is one of the hottest spots in the world. More than 40,000 people died from the attacks.
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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