Russian forces in Syria able to repel militants' attacks

by Abel Hampton January 13, 2018, 0:10
Russian forces in Syria able to repel militants' attacks

Earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry said that in the small hours of January 6 Russian military facilities at Hmeymim and Tartus came under an attack by terrorists-guided drones.

There were no casualties or damage to the base, a statement issued by the ministry said.

Ankara also summoned the ambassadors of Russian Federation and Iran to complain about Syrian regime forces' violation of the borders of the Idlib de-escalation zone, Turkish foreign ministry sources said on Tuesday.

Russian Federation has repeatedly warned that U.S. military supplies aimed at supporting “moderate” Syrian militants eventually end up in the hands of terrorists.

Without blaming any specific country, the ministry said data for the attacks could only have been obtained "from one of the countries that possesses know-how in satellite navigation".

ISIS has also recently retaken portions of Idlib, despite Russian President Vladimir Putin's declaration of victory in Syria late past year. Russian forces have foiled a drone attack on an airbase in Syria.

With the support of the Russian bombing, the Syrian government has retaken most of its territories controlled by the Islamic State group in the past two years.

But Russia also fears that "hooligans" could use drones to cause disruption, said Melikov.

Syrian insurgents have since conducted attacks on the Hmeimim base.

Russia's ambassador to Ankara, Alexei Yerkhov and Iranian ambassador Mohammad Ebrahim Taherian Fard were called in to express Turkey's "discomfort" about the attacks in Idlib, officials, who asked to remain anonymous, said on Tuesday.

In its latest announcement, the Ministry of Defense said the drone attack had occurred overnight last Friday. They clashed with Tahrir al-Sham fighters around the airport, the Britain-based war monitoring group said.

Ankara has supported the anti-Assad opposition throughout the nearly seven-year Syrian civil war while Russian Federation and Iran have backed President Bashar al-Assad.

"All of the drones forced to land by our radio-electronic warfare means and the debris of the drones shot down have been collected and are being examined by the Russian Defense Ministry".

"Iran and Russian Federation should fulfil the responsibilities [as guarantor states] in Syria", Cavusoglu said in remarks published by state media.

One of the myriad Syrian opposition groups is the most probable suspect, Suchkov said.

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