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Turkey Says Russia, Iran Should Stop Syrian Attacks In Idlib

Turkey Says Russia, Iran Should Stop Syrian Attacks In Idlib

The statement came a day after the Defense Ministry said that 13 armed drones were used to attack its facilities in Hmeimim and Tartus overnight on January 5-6.

The comments come after Russia's Defense Ministry noted in a statement the "strange coincidence" of a US military intelligence plane flying over the Mediterranean near the Hmeimim air base and Tartus naval facility at the moment of the attacks.

The Russian Ministry of Defence claims its forces in Syria were attacked a week ago by a swarm of home-made drones - the first time such a coordinated assault has been reported in a military action.

Alhamrat Street in Tartus, Syria, where Russian Federation keeps a military air base.

The attacks also raise questions about the sustainability of Russia's gains in Syria, said Jennifer Cafarella of the Washington-based Institute for the Study of War.

An operational room of opposition groups fighting in the area denied that regime forces had broken the siege.

Two soldiers were killed in an attack on New Year's Eve. Currently, the Russian military experts are analyzing the construction, technical filling and improvised explosives of the captured UAVs.




"According to the Russian Defense Ministry, it was established that the launch of the drones was carried out from the area of the Muazar settlement located in the southwestern part of Idlib de-escalation zone controlled by the armed formations of the so-called "moderate" opposition", the statement said.

"Iran and Russian Federation should fulfil their responsibility. We have exerted so many efforts and we can not waste them".

As evening fell, the Russia air defence forces detected 13 unidentified small-size air targets at a significant distance approaching the Russian military bases.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's family belong to to Alawite branch of Islam, who mostly reside in Latakia province.

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.

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.

According to the Rand Corporation's Clarke, through a military operation and efforts to lead a political transition, Russian Federation ultimately wants to project its influence and compete with the United States, in its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation role, as a leading power.


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