Damascus, BM (1 dollar = 1257.86 Syrian lakes) – The Russian Tass news agency reported that armed groups backed by the Turkish government carried out a series of artillery shelling on the Syrian Arab Army in an area in Aleppo Governorate, northern Syria. [SAA] positions. A Syrian soldier has reportedly been wounded, Admiral Vadim Kolet, deputy head of the Russian Center for Reconciliation in the Syrian Arab Republic, said in a press briefing on Monday, 2 August.
The war in Syria: Who controls what and what happens
“The militants of illegal armed groups operating in the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic under the control of the Turkish Armed Forces fired mortar shells at positions of the Syrian Arab Army in Afshara district, Aleppo Governorate. A Syrian government official was wounded in the shooting.” The statement said.
A field source in BulgarianMilitary.com reported that, in the same period, the Syrian Arab Army had again shot down a Turkish reconnaissance drone over Aleppo in the Bubeya area. Russian experts are speculating about the type of Turkish drone, arguing that it is quite possible that it is the ANKA-S drone, which is produced in series in Turkey and equipped with a grenade launcher. The video provided by a mobile phone to our source shows the right moment when the drone was hit and fell to the ground.
The civil war in Syria
The Syrian civil war has been going on for nearly a decade. Attempts by movements such as the Syrian Democratic Forces to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have failed.
The Syrian Democratic Forces are armed by the allies and the United States, while the Syrian army is mainly armed by Russia. Russia is the only country that President Bashar al-Assad has officially invited to Syria.
In 2017, the United States launched a massive missile strike on Bashar al-Assad’s forces after a report emerged that the Syrian president had used chemical weapons to attack his own people in the country. Syria and Russia deny such actions.
During his tenure, US President Donald Trump decided to withdraw many US forces from Syria, leaving many troops to guard Syrian oil fields under the pretext of “falling into the hands of the Islamic State.”
With the withdrawal of the United States, Turkey comes to the fore, declaring the necessity of dealing with the Kurds and the PKK movement in the northern part of the country, which borders Turkey. That is why Erdogan is sending troops in an attempt to build a stable and secure 30-kilometer zone between Syria and Turkey, which will prevent future terrorist attacks on Turkish soil, as it is.
In February 2020, Turkey lost at least 62 soldiers killed in Syria. Nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, Syrian-backed forces destroyed dozens of Turkish armored vehicles, and shot down more than a dozen drones, including drones. Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of being involved in the killing of Turkish soldiers, and Russia rejects these allegations.
In early March 2020, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, agreed that a ceasefire had entered into force in the Idlib de-escalation zone. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad later said that if the US and Turkish military did not leave the country, Damascus would use military force.
The reason for the Russian-Turkish negotiations was a sharp aggravation of the situation in Idlib, where in January a large-scale offensive of the Syrian army against the positions of the armed opposition and terrorists began.
Government forces have retaken nearly half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and have left several Turkish observation posts behind. After that, Ankara sharply increased its military power in the region and launched Operation “Spring Shield” to advance the Syrian forces. Hardliners loyal to Ankara and support Turkey.
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