Author

another_try

Browsing

Source: South Front

The Turkish Ministry of National Defense announced on May 27 that a service member of the Armed Forces was killed in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib.

In an official statement, the ministry said the service member was killed when a mysterious explosion struck a Turkish patrol on the M4 highway, which links the cities of Lattakia and Aleppo.

The slain service member was identified as infantry lieutenant Canbert Tatar, reportedlly from the central Turkish city of Elazığ.

pic.twitter.com/M7hJhpioky

— T.C. Millî Savunma Bakanlığı (@tcsavunma) May 27, 2020

Some opposition sources claimed that Tatar was killed as a result of an explosion that wiped out a headquarters of the al-Qaeda Turkistan Islamic Part (TIP) near the town of al-Gassaneyah. Debris from the mysterious explosion struck the Turkish patrol on the nearby M4. Six TIP terrorists were killed in the explosion.

Other sources, however, claimed that an improvised explosive device (IED) targeted the Turkish patrol as it was passing on the M4 highway.

Last March, a Turkish service member was killed in an IED attack on the M4. The highway is still blocked. The militants are holding onto key positions on both side of the highway. Ankara is

Source: South Front

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) uncovered the remains of a Turkish drone during search operations in in the northwestern region of Greater Idlib, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported on May 27.

Photos shared by the SANA show the right wing and engine parts of a Turkish-made TAI Anka unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV).

Click to see full-size image

Click to see full-size image

The wreckage likely belongs to an ANKA-S UCAV that was shot down by the Syrian Arab Air Defense Forces (SyAADF) last February. During the last escalation in Greater Idlib, the SyAADF shot down between 13 to 20 Turkish drones, according to pro-government sources.

Click to see full-size image.

During the recent search operations in Greater Idlib, the SAA also found large quantities of ammunition which were left behind by militants. The ammunition included dozens of mortar shells.

The SAA is still working to clear the newly-liberated parts of Greater Idlib from war debris. At the same time, the army is training for a possible future operation in the region.

MORE ON THIS TOPIC:

Russian Warplanes Pound ISIS Remnants Around Homs Desert As Ground Operations Continue (Photos)

The post

Source: South Front

On May 3, Israel’s ImageSat International released satellite images showing increasing activities in the al-Jufrah Air Base in central Libya, where Russian warplanes were allegedly deployed.

A single Mig-29 can be seen in the images, parked near a hardened aircraft shelter (HAS). A number of Mig-29s and Su-24s arrived in al-Jufrah and in al-Khadim Air Base, in the country’s eastern region, earlier this month.

According to the #US #Africa Command, the military hardware is to support Russian state-sponsored private military contractors (PMCs) operating on the ground in Libya. #Turkey #UAE #Egypt pic.twitter.com/ExmHhsT1oj

— ImageSat Intl. (@ImageSatIntl) May 27, 2020

ImageSat’s images also revealed that a new radar station was installed in al-Jufrah. Several Mil-8 and Mi-24 helicopters can be also spotted in the images.

The U.S. Africa Command also released images of Mig-29s warplanes in al-Jufrah. The command claimed that 14 Mig-29s and Su-24s are currently deployed in Libya.

They are flown by Russian military members & escorted by Russian fighters based in Syria to Libya, landing in Eastern Libya near Tobruk for fuel. At least 14 newly unmarked Russian aircraft are then delivered to Al Jufra Air Base in Libya. (2/2) pic.twitter.com/bB9g66pVUc

— US AFRICOM (@USAfricaCommand) May 27,

On April 1, al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) executed a former member of the Syrian Parliament who was accused of spying for the government’s intelligence service.

The former MP, Rifaat Mahmoud al-Daqqah, was executed by HTS personnel in an unknown location in Greater Idlib. Opposition activists shared images showing the MP’s dead body. HTS is yet to announce the execution.

Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham Executes Former Member Of Syrian Parliament (Photos)
Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham Executes Former Member Of Syrian Parliament (Photos)

68-year old al-Daqqah was arrested by HTS security forces in May of 2019. He was accused of providing the Syrian intelligence with information on militants’ positions in the northwestern part of Greater Idlib, mainly around the town of Kabani in northern Lattakia.

Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham Executes Former Member Of Syrian Parliament (Photos)

Rifaat Mahmoud al-Daqqah after his arrest by HTS security forces in May of 2019.

Al-Daqqah, originally from the town of al-Janoudiyah, “defected” from the Syrian Parliament in 2011 in the early days of the crisis. Back then, militants pressured many local Syrian officials and service members to defect by threatening their families or business.

HTS arrested many civilians after accusing them of spying for the Syrian or the Russian intelligence over the last year. In no case a real evidence was presented to back these accusations. Most of these detainees end up executed in an ISIS-like style.

These executions are an example of HTS’ dictatorial rule over Greater Idlib. All of this is happening under the eyes of the Turkish military, which maintains a large force in the Syrian region.

MORE ON THIS TOPIC:

The post Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham Executes Former Member Of Syrian Parliament (Photos) appeared first on .

On March 19 morning, a convoy of the Turkish military was struck with at least two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) while traveling in western Idlib.

According to opposition sources, the incident took place on the strategic M4 highway near the town of Muhambal. The highway links the coastal city of Lattakia with Aleppo city, the industrial hub of Syria.

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) claimed a Turkish soldier was killed and a number of other service members were injured in the attack. These claims are yet to be verified.

Turkish Convoy Struck With Two IEDs In Western Idlib. Casualties Reported

Click to see full-size map. Source: (@Suriyakmaps) on Twitter.

Initially, opposition activists blamed al-Qaeda-affiliated Horas al-Din for the attack. However, the terrorist group quickly refuted these accusations, claiming that the attack was carried out by the Syrian intelligence or ISIS cells.

Despite Horas al-Din’s denial, there is a good chance that the attack was carried out by radical militants, who have been working to block the M4 highway for a about week now. Radical militants already prevented Russian and Turkish forces from patrolling the highway, and threatened them.

While the Turkish military is busy deploying additional forces in Greater Idlib, the terrorism-infested region is apparently becoming less and less safe.

MORE ON THIS TOPIC:

The post Turkish Convoy Struck With Two IEDs In Western Idlib. Casualties Reported appeared first on .

On March 18, the Abkhazian Network News Agency (ANNA) released photos showing the wreckage of a Turkish unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) that was shot down by the Syrian Arab Air Defense Forces (SyAADF) over southeast Idlib last month.

The wreckage was found near Saraqib city, 100 meters away from the area where Russian pilot Maj. Roman Filipov lost his life on February 3 of 2018. The pilot blew himself up with a grenade after resisting radical militants, who attempted to capture him. The militants had shot down Filiposv’s warplane, a Su-25, with a missile.

Wreckage Of Turkish Combat Drone Uncovered In Southeast Idlib (Photos)

Click to see full-size image. Source: t.me/anna_news

Wreckage Of Turkish Combat Drone Uncovered In Southeast Idlib (Photos)

Click to see full-size image. Source: t.me/anna_news

Wreckage Of Turkish Combat Drone Uncovered In Southeast Idlib (Photos)

Click to see full-size image. Source: t.me/anna_news

Wreckage Of Turkish Combat Drone Uncovered In Southeast Idlib (Photos)

Click to see full-size image. Source: t.me/anna_news

The downed Turkish UCAV was a Bayraktar TB2. UCAVs of this type provided militants in Greater Idlib with air support during the recent confrontation, inflicting heavy losses on the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).

Despite being effective, many Bayraktar TB2s and even more advanced ANKA UCAVs were shot down by the SyAADF. The total number of downed Turkish drones is reportedly between 13 and 20.

Turkey didn’t admit all of its losses in Greater Idlib. Ankara even carried out a smear campaign against Syria’s Russian-made air-defense systems.

More on this topic:

The post Wreckage Of Turkish Combat Drone Uncovered In Southeast Idlib (Photos) appeared first on .