Russia: Drones that attacked base in Syria came from rebel-aligned village

An artist's rendition of a swarm of drones

A drone raid on Saturday was unusually massive, involving 13 of the aircraft equipped with satellite navigation and launched from a distance of up to 100 kilometers (60 miles) away, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

The massive drone attack on Russia's Hmeymim airbase in Syria was a unsafe precedent, which demonstrated a new method of carrying out terrorist attacks, Sergey Denisentsev, an expert at the Center for Nuclear Research believes.

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Turkey on Wednesday warned Iran and Russian Federation to make their Syrian regime ally stop bombing the rebel-held northern Idlib province, as tensions mounted ahead of mooted peace talks later this month.

Russian Federation said it was also controlled by Turkish armed forces.

Home-made bombs carried by drones that attacked a Russian airbase
Home-made bombs carried

The revelations only somewhat cleared up the mystery surrounding what amounts to the biggest concerted attack on Russia's main military base of Hmeimim since the Russian military intervention in Syria began in 2015. According to Russian defense ministry, all of the drones were detected by anti-aircraft defense systems well in advance and seven of them were then successfully shot down by the Russian Panzir-S air-defense system.

9 that "any suggestion that USA or coalition forces played a role in an attack on a Russian base is without any basis in fact and is utterly irresponsible".

The Russian and the USA militaries have maintained regular contacts to avoid conflict between their forces in Syria.

"The gains the regime has made are not secure and are at high risk of being temporary", she added. The Russian military denied that the attack damaged its aircraft. These systems have been used to conduct basic reconnaissance and to emplace or drop small explosives. We take appropriate force protection measures to ensure Coalition forces and our partners can safely carry out their missions. "So they are damned to a consensus", Malashenko, one of the leading Russian experts on the Middle East, told AFP.

Turkey considers the attacks as serious violations of the borders agreed upon during the Astana process by the three guarantor countries, the sources said. Idlib province is nearly entirely controlled by anti-government forces that are dominated by a jihadist outfit known as Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) consisting mostly of former fighters from the Al-Nusra Front, an Al Qaeda affiliate.

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