Drones Attacked Hmeymim Base From 'Moderate' Opposition-Controlled Area

Drones Attacked Hmeymim Base From 'Moderate' Opposition-Controlled Area

Russian Federation on Wednesday identified the village from which a swarm of drones attacked its main military base in Syria and released photographs of the crudely constructed aircraft that were used.

Another seven drones were "eliminated" by Pantsir-S anti-aircraft missiles fired by the Russians, with the bases reporting no casualties or damage, the statement explains.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

It also pointed to a "strange coincidence" of a USA military intelligence plane flying near the 2 bases for at least 4 hours around the time of the attacks.

According to an analysis by defence consultancy firm HIS Markit group, most Isis drones had a range of no more than 2km, making the terrorist group one of the unlikelier culprits. "That action wouldn't have been possible without involvement of American structures", said Gennady Zyuganov, head of the Communist Party and a member of the lower house.

Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said the allegation was "absolutely false".

The latest and most unusual of the incidents saw 10 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) packed with explosives descend on Khmeimim air base, Russia's vast military headquarters in northwestern Latakia province.

And perhaps the Kremlin really does believe the US military was behind the attacks, which would be a very serious situation indeed.

He said advances by the Syrian army and allied forces into Idlib could not have taken place without the support of Moscow and Tehran, which have both backed Assad in the war.

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Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Russian Federation and Iran must fulfill their duties under a joint accord reached with Turkey previous year in which the three countries announced a "de-escalation zone" in Idlib. The agreement has helped reduce fighting significantly and contributed to warmer ties between Russian Federation and Turkey. This was stated by the Russian Defense Ministry, FOCUS reported quoting TASS.

"It was the first time that terrorists massively used unmanned combat aerial vehicles of an aircraft type that were launched from a distance of more than 50 kilometres, and operated using Global Positioning System satellite navigation coordinates", the ministry said in a statement.

Russian news site Lenta reports the drones used in the attempted attack were basic in design.

Russian Federation and Iran strongly support Syrian regime leader Bashar al Assad's regime, while Turkey backs some of the groups opposed to him.

Russian Federation said it was also controlled by Turkish armed forces. That could significantly raise the stakes for Moscow.

Last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a surprise visit to Syria and declared victory in the long fight against the Islamic State militant group.

"You have shown the best qualities of a Russian soldier - courage, valor, team spirit, decisiveness and excellent skills", he said.

In prominently placed news articles today in the Russian media, the Kremlin continued to promote the narrative that the United States is behind the recent Islamist attacks on Russian facilities in Syria that killed at least two servicemen and reportedly destroyed multiple aircraft.

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