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Default Syria in 2018

A new thread prepared for 2018. The previous Syria thread was:Syria in 2017 (April-December) this had 554 posts and 70.6k views.
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Russian military forces at the Hmeymim air base and the Tartus logistics center in Syria came under attack by what appears to have been a swarm of drones. Some thirteen small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) made the attack, six of which were diverted by Russian electronic warfare systems while seven additional aircraft were dispatched by Pantsir-S1 air defense batteries.
"During the hours of darkness Russian air defense facilities made clear 13 remoted unknown small-sized air targets approaching the Russian military assets,” the Russian Defense Ministry told the TASS news agency. “Ten combat UAVs were approaching Russia’s Hmeymim air base and three more - the logistics center of Tartus."
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With Russia, Iran, and Assadists not respecting earlier agreements, seems Erdo felt free to re-start supplying insurgents in Idlib. Correspondingly, Sources - #Turkey has provided new supplies of:

- Turkish armored vehicles
- SALW ammo
- RPGs
- Mortars
- Grad rockets & launchers
- Tank shells
& more…

… To all major non-#HTS factions:

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Major new offensive is underway today in S #Idlib & N #Hama, involving:

- Ahrar al-Sham
- Faylaq al-Sham
- Nour al-Din al-Zinki
- Free Idlib Army
- Jaish al-Nasr
- 2nd Army
- Jaish al-Izzeh
...for the express purpose of today’s new offensive vs. #Assad/#Iran/#Russia.

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So far, 16+ villages have been recaptured by the #Turkey-backed offensive in S. #Idlib & N. #Hama.

Several of these villages were recently lost by #HTS, which has been excluded from the counter-offensive.
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BTW, N. #Latakia: reports several rockets fired by Rebels were intercepted near #Russia|n Khmeimim Airbase.

...Assadists have meanwhile withdrawn nearly all of their forces from northern Hama, and re-deployed them in Eastern Ghouta, where they are suffering massive casualties (again): 188 reported govt deaths since 11/14. 49 officers KIA. Total deaths likely reach 300.

...ah yes: and here some more 'evidence' for 'increased use of PGMs by the Russians', and, I guess, their effectivenes... :twisted:
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Default Drones from where attack Russian bases

An Israeli think tank on the recent drone attacks on Russian military forces at the Hmeymim air base and the Tartus logistics center. With a few photos.
Link:http://www.terrorism-info.org.il/en/...nuary-10-2018/
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Ah well: while there is a general tendence in the USA to buy everything the Israelis claim (then 'Israelis know everything better, they are our friends, and they never lie...' ...cough, cough...), I would say it's at least 'worth considering' that there are alternative ideas in regards of culprits for such attacks.

One of these is that it's the IRGC that's staging such attacks.

Reason?

Provoking Russians, spoiling negotiations etc.

If so, these attacks were highly successful: the VKS is meanwhile back to bombing the crap out of insurgent-controlled Idlib.
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Further to the topic Who Really Attacked Russia’s Air Base in Syria?:

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...In 1989, Syrian helicopter gunships fired on a Soviet cruiser near the port city of Latakia, killing two sailors. The motive remains unclear to this day. David W. Lesch, an American historian of Syria who struck up a friendship with Bashar Al Assad, speculated in Foreign Policy magazine that Bashar’s father Hafez Al Assad may have approved the attack as a bloody message to Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev, who was warming up to the West and urging Assad to make peace with Israel.

Remember, this occurred when the Soviet Union and Syria were close, Cold War friends — or, perhaps, more like frenemies.

With Bashar unwilling to make any serious compromise in today’s Syria, following his series of Russian-backed battlefield victories across the country, this precedent may yet prove relevant — if not now, then in the months or years ahead as the interests between Moscow and Damascus diverge.

“Whatever the reason, that [1989] incident, now largely forgotten, revealed in dramatic fashion the complexity of the relationship between Syria and Russia over the decades,” Lesch wrote.
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