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13 January 2018, 01:09 | Ruben Fields
The Khmeimim airbase in Syria
Russian concerns have been heightened by jihadist attacks on its military bases in Syria using UAVs - unmanned aerial vehicles.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "is extremely unpopular".
Recent pictures of captured Jihadist drones in Syria were released.
'Seven UAVs were eliminated by the Pantsir-S anti-aircraft missile complexes operated by the Russian air defence units on 24-hours alert.
The Russian Defense Ministry established that that 13 drones used in attempted attacks on two Russian military facilities in Syria earlier, were launched from the area of the Muazar settlement located in the southwestern part of Idlibde-escalation zone.
No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Most likely, the terrorists had received support from a "technologically advanced state", officials with the Russian Defense Ministry believe. "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 later that regime forces had "opened a loophole" that led them into the base, and were now working on expanding it. Adrian Rankine-Galloway, a Pentagon spokesman.
The Russian Ministry of Defense had previously insinuated the U.S. had helped. Here's one being used against a Russian base on the coast of Syria.
It is reminded that as agreed in Astana talks by Turkey, Russia and Iran, Turkish military is now deployed in Idlib to set up observation posts and monitor the implementation of de-escalation zones. The agreement has helped reduce fighting significantly and contributed to warmer ties between Russian Federation and Turkey.
In this connection the Russian Defense Ministry dispatched messages to the chief of the Turkish Armed Forces' General Staff Hulusi Akar and chief of the National Intelligence Organization Hakan Fidan. The Defense Ministry said the solutions employed by the militants could have been obtained only from an industrialized country.
The statement comes days after Moscow announced that two Russian servicemen were killed in a mortar attack by Islamist militants at the Hmeimim air base on New Year's Eve.
The business daily Kommersant reported the attack destroyed seven aircraft and caused a powerful explosion at an ammunition depot. It was at least the second time he had made such an announcement since March 2016.
The losses brought the Russian official military death toll in Syria to 43.
They clashed with Tahrir al-Sham fighters around the airport, the Britain-based war monitoring group said.
Russian Federation has not yet commented on the reports.
Russian Federation said it was also controlled by Turkish armed forces. That could significantly raise the stakes for Moscow.
It was reportedly the single largest loss of Russian military equipment since Vladimir Putin ordered Russian forces into Syria in September 2015.
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