Russia's Troop Withdrawal From Syria Will Not Shorten Its Clout, Experts Say

13 January, 2018, 01:13 | Author: Rolando Keller
  • Images purport to show damage to a Russian jet in Syria.   Joseph Dempsey via Twitter

Russia's Defense Ministry on Tuesday appeared to accuse the United States for supplying the technology for the drone attack, saying that assault required a higher level of expertise than any armed group in Syria is known to possess.

It added that during the attacks on Friday night "no casualties or damage of property were reported by Russian military facilities".

It noted a "strange coincidence" of a USA military intelligence plane flying over the Mediterranean near the two Russian bases at the moment of the attack.

The official confirmed that the very instance militants possessed the knowhow to make drones, control them at a distance of tens of kilometers and issue commands to drop bombs on the basis of Global Positioning System coordinates should become a matter of great concern for the entire world community. Currently, the Russian military experts are analyzing the construction, technical filling and improvised explosives of the captured UAVs.

Advanced training in engineering in “one of the developed countries” would be necessary to program the principal controllers and bomb-release systems of an aircraft-type combat drone, the statement stressed. “Not everyone is also able to get exact [attack] coordinates from the space surveillance data, ” it added.

Cavusoglu said 95 percent of the violations in Idlib were carried out by the regime and the groups backing the regime.

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While the U.S. says it supplies weapons only to Syrian opposition groups vetted as "moderate rebels", the allegiance and loyalties of these militants is often highly questionable.

The recent attempt to bomb the Hmeimim base near the north-western city of Latakia was thwarted when unmanned aircraft were shot down, according to a report by the UK-based monitoring group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights SOHR.

Two Russian servicemen were killed when the base was attacked on 31 December. Three drones were sent to its Tartus naval base on the Syrian coast.

Turkey called on Russian Federation and Iran on Wednesday to pressure Syrian authorities to halt a military offensive in Syria's rebel-held Idlib province, which Damascus launched despite an global deal to reduce hostilities there.

Last month the YPG militia said it had fully captured Deir al-Zor's eastern countryside from Islamic State with the help of both the USA -led coalition and Russian Federation. It was at least the second time he had made such an announcement since March 2016.

The daring use of short-range mortars also pointed to the inability of Syrian forces to protect the Alawite heartland from hit-and-run raids by the rebels.

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