Russian Federation thwarts drone attack on Hmeimim airbase

13 January, 2018, 01:13 | Author: Yolanda Murray
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The ministry said last week that two Russian service personnel were killed in a mortar attack on the Hmeimim base on December 31.

The Pentagon has denied involvement, but Russian officials appeared unconvinced, noting the "strange coincidence" that a United States surveillance plane overflew the Russian bases just ahead of the attempted drone attacks.

The MoD also said that a U.S. spy plane flew over Syria around the time of the attack, which helped the rebels target the drones.

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.

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Russian lawmakers skipped decorum, bluntly accusing the US of sponsoring the drone attack. The Russian defence ministry's newspaper said on Wednesday the drones had been launched from the south-western part of theIdlib de-escalation zone held by "moderate opposition" armed groups.

One of the myriad Syrian opposition groups is the most probable suspect, Suchkov said.

The drones, according to data from the captured drones showed that it was launched from the rebel-controlled Idlib area.

As evening fell, the Russia air defence forces detected 13 unidentified small-size air targets at a significant distance approaching the Russian military bases.

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"Participating in the attack on Russian military facilities in Syria on January 5-6 were 13 combat fixed-wing drones". An earlier Pentagon statement allowed the Russian military to “take a new look at some odd coincidences” surrounding the incident, it said. Here's one being used against a Russian base on the coast of Syria.

Ten assault drones were approaching the Khmeimim air base, and another three - the CSS point in Tartus.

ISIS has also recently retaken portions of Idlib, despite Russian President Vladimir Putin's declaration of victory in Syria late past year. "Such aircraft-type aerial vehicles are available on the open market, so this attack is unique for the level of its organization, rather than for its technological level", the expert said.

"In two years, the Russian armed forces, together with the Syrian army, have defeated the most lethal group of worldwide terrorists", state news agency Tass quoted Putin as saying. It was at least the second time he had made such an announcement since March 2016.

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