Turkey Urges Russia, Iran to Stop Syrian Army Offensive in Idlib

Turkey Urges Russia, Iran to Stop Syrian Army Offensive in Idlib

Dmitry Sablin, a lawmaker who coordinates parliamentary links with Syria, told the Interfax news agency the attack was even bigger than the Russian military acknowledged, involving 31 drones.

The ministry said on Tuesday that the Hmeimim air base and the Tartus naval base were attacked by 13 drones on Saturday. The militants used ten drones in the attempt to hit Hmeymim and another three against Tartus.

"Seven unmanned aerial vehicles were destroyed by the regular anti-aircraft missile and gun complexes Pantsir-S of Russian air defense units carrying round-the-clock combat duty".

Each of them carried several explosive devices under their wings, and were guided from up to 100km away by Global Positioning System. This was stated by the Russian Defense Ministry, FOCUS reported quoting TASS.

Cavusoglu said 95 percent of the violations in Idlib were carried out by the regime and the groups backing the regime.

After two years of Russian military support for the Assad government, Putin announced in mid-December the partial withdrawal of forces from the country, saying their task had been largely completed.

ISIS has also recently retaken portions of Idlib, despite Russian President Vladimir Putin's declaration of victory in Syria late previous year.

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

While the bases in northwest Syria are of significant strategic value to Russian Federation, they are also tempting targets for jihadist and rebel groups trying to inflict damage on Assad's biggest military backers.

More than 40 Russian military personnel died in Syria since Moscow launched a campaign of air strikes in September 2015, in many cases using Hmeimim as a base.

While Russia didn't blame any particular country for the attack, however, latest comments and analysis points a veiled finger at Washington, which deflected any accusations well before any were made saying such technologies are openly available in the market.

Ahmed said families had begun makeshift camps on the sides of roads, and were burning whatever they could find to stay warm in the winter months.

While Russia will continue its military intervention, it will at the same time seek a peaceful resolution between the Syrian government and the opposition groups to guarantee its influence in the future of the country, Clarke said. According to that theory, Iran wants to thwart Russia's efforts to impose a peace settlement on Syria that would undermine Iranian interests.