Russia: Military bases in Syria attacked by drones

We aren’t able to protect our own bases it’s slovenliness of the Defence Ministry

The Russian military said that the attack originated from the village of Muazzara, which is located in the Idlib region of Syria.

A drone used in an attempted strike on Russian military bases in Syria.

"I think the announcement was politically motivated and had little to do with the facts on the ground", Frederic Hof, former special adviser for transition in Syria at the U.S. State Department and director of the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, told VOA. The Defense Ministry said the solutions employed by the militants could have been obtained only from an industrialized country.

Seven UAVs were eliminated by the Pantsir-S anti-aircraft missile complexes operated by the Russian air defence units on 24-hours alert.

"Ten drones carrying explosives attacked the Russian air base at Hmeimim and three others targeted the Russian naval base in Tartus", both in western Syria, the ministry said in a statement run by Russian press agencies.

Security expert Yury Zakharchenko said there was no universal technology yet to fight sophisticated drone attacks.

It also 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. "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.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that Russian forces were on alert following drone attacks on the Hmeimim base, the largest Russian military base on Syrian territory.

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

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

Now Russia is adding that a unusual coincidence took place during the attack.

In September, the three countries agreed to jointly monitor a fourth safe zone around Idlib province as part of the tripartite plan to ease the Syrian conflict that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives. The agreement has helped reduce fighting significantly and contributed to warmer ties between Russian Federation and Turkey.

On Tuesday, Turkey's foreign ministry summoned the Russian and Iranian ambassadors to Ankara, according to diplomatic sources, after saying the Syrian regime was targeting moderate opposition forces in Idlib near the Turkish border.

In its latest announcement, the Ministry of Defense said the drone attack had occurred overnight last Friday. The Russian military denied that the attack damaged its aircraft.

Russian Federation has not yet commented on the reports. That could significantly raise the stakes for Moscow.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan could speak by phone with Russian leader Vladimir Putin to discuss the situation, he added. "The Motherland is proud of you".

It remained a mystery how the battle unfolded, although regime forces announced breaking the siege.

Associated Press writer Zeina Karam in Beirut contributed.

Related:

Comments

Latest news

Varnika Kundu stalking case: Barala gets bail from HC
A top BJP leader's son who was booked for stalking and attempting to abduct a Chandigarh-based woman previous year was granted bail today.

Disaster alert from stricken oil tanker in East China Sea
Chinese media has shared footage of oil tanker Sanchi puffing black clouds of smoke as rescue boats try to douse the flames. Operated by Iran's National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC), the vessel was taking light crude oil condensate to South Korea.

UIDAI will issue 16-digit virtual ID to secure Aadhaar privacy
Aadhaar was challenged legally in Supreme Court, to prevent misuse of the Aadhaar number and linked details. It will not be possible to find an Aadhaar number by using the Virtual ID .

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati is now officially titled Padmaavat
Meanwhile, CBFC has suggested some 300 cuts to the film."The makers submitted the final film with agreed five modifications". The film's certification was due for a long time and it was one of the reasons why the film could not release earlier.

Stock Watch: Perrigo Company (PRGO) Higher 7.43% Over the Last Month
Sector Gamma As decreased its stake in Perrigo Co Plc ( PRGO ) by 4.67% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Finally, Point72 Asset Management L.P. acquired a new stake in shares of Perrigo during the 3rd quarter worth about $12,706,000.

Other news