Turkey urges Russian Federation and Iran to stop Syria offensive on Idlib

13 January, 2018, 01:08 | Author: Devin Moran
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The Pentagon has rejected Russian insinuations that US forces were involved in recent drone attacks against Russia's air base and its naval facility in western Syria.

According to the Defense Ministry of the Russian Federation, extremists attacked the Russian airbase in Syria by launching 13 drones from a distance of 50 kilometers.

Russia said on Monday militants had used drones to attack its naval and air bases in Syria on Saturday, Russian news agencies reported.

'Ten assault drones were approaching the Khmeimim air base, and another three ...at Tartus.

The Russian Kommersant daily said seven military planes were "practically destroyed" but the defence ministry rejected the report.


Each of them carried several explosive devices under their wings, and were guided from up to 100km away by Global Positioning System. The "terrorist" attacks took place on Friday night causing "neither casualties nor material damage", the statement said. This was stated by the Russian Defense Ministry, FOCUS reported quoting TASS. "The drones were launched from the area of Muazzara in the south-western part of the Idlib de-escalation area controlled by so-called "moderate opposition" units", Russian Federation defence ministry newspaper said.

Two Russian military personnel died in a mortar attack against the Hemeimeem air base on December 31, the military announced last week.

The Syrian army also said Israel launched land-to-land missiles into Syria from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, but it intercepted them. "So they are damned to a consensus", Malashenko, one of the leading Russian experts on the Middle East, told AFP.

The attacks have also spurred a flurry of questions over who may be responsible for what amounts to the biggest military challenge yet to Russia's role in Syria, just when Moscow is seeking to wind its presence down. It said data for the attacks could only have been obtained from countries possessing satellite navigation technology. The Russian Defense Ministry denied any of its aircraft were lost, but it acknowledged that two troops died in the shelling.

"This was not a super sophisticated attack", Gorenburg said, adding that the rebels could have easily launched and targeted the bases themselves. They say the declaration by Putin could be aimed at the domestic audience in Russian Federation, as he is bidding for another presidential run in the country's upcoming elections in March. "This merely emphasizes the need for stepping up political settlement efforts".

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