Damascus ($1 = 1257.86 Syrian pounds) A Russian Su-24 bombed pro-Turkish mercenary positions near the village of Darkush in northwest Syria, BulgarianMilitary.com learned, citing a field source.
According to him, the Russians were hitting the mercenaries loyal to Turkey, their bases and part of the Turkish armor provided to them. Information about the destruction of Turkish armor is not confirmed. In addition to mercenaries loyal to Turkey, Russian sources say that the bases of the terrorist organization Islamic State have been bombed. There is no information available on injuries and damages.
Interestingly, Darkush village is located only 2.5 km from the Turkish border. BulgarianMilitary.com reminds you that Syria has officially prohibited the Turks from using the airspace over Syria for their fighters. However, Ankara often launches Bayraktar TB2 attack aircraft, which cause serious damage to some mobile air defense systems such as the Paintsir-C1.
The bombings carried out by the Su-24 in the area of the village of Derkosh were numerous and powerful. BulgarianMilitary.com provides you with an image from our field source, shortly after the explosion of another Russian bomb dropped by a Su-24.
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 a lot of US troops from Syria, leaving several troops to guard the Syrian oil fields on 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 km long 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 attack 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 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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