'Swarm of armed drones': Who is attacking Russia's military bases?

'Swarm of armed drones': Who is attacking Russia's military bases?

The Pentagon has rejected Russian insinuations that USA forces were involved in recent drone attacks against Russia's air base and its naval facility in western Syria. The regime is advancing inside Idlib.

The Russian Defence Ministry said there were no casualties or damage as a result of the attacks, which involved thirteen armed drones, on its Hmeimim air base and Tartus naval base in western Syria, the agencies reported.

The Russian bases did not suffer any causalities or damage, according to Moscow's ministry of defense. The coastal Hmeimim airbase is at the core of Russia's war effort in Syria.

Most of the Islamic State drones used against USA allies, moreover, had a range of no more than 1-2km, according to an analysis by the defense consultancy IHS Markit group. Moscow and Ankara have backed opposite sides in the conflict, but they struck a deal previous year to set up de-escalation zones, which also involved Iran, another Assad backer.

Residents of the village in the Jabal Zawiya mountains said they had no knowledge of the attack and expressed fear that Russian Federation would retaliate against them.

The rebel groups responded to the Russian escalation with attacks on Russian targets in Syria, including Khmeimim air base.

Idlib province is nearly entirely controlled by anti-government forces that are dominated by an outfit known as Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) consisting mostly of former fighters from the Nusra Front, an al-Qaeda affiliate.

The ministry has written to the chiefs of the Turkish army and intelligence service to insist that Ankara fully implement a ceasefire in Idlib province, the paper added.

The Syrian National Dialogue Congress will be held in the Russian city of Sochi on January 29-30 and 1,700 participants are expected to attend, with the exception of groups Turkey considers terrorist.

But Turkey says it will boycott any talks involving Syrian Kurdish militia the Peoples' Protection Units (YPG), which controls much of northeast Syria but Ankara views as a terror group and offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). "We have said we will not be in any environment. where the YPG is present", said Cavusoglu.

Putin's pledge to withdraw Russian troops after the alleged defeat of IS in Syria came as the Russian military augmented its operations in support of the Syrian government forces, consolidating their control over rebel enclaves in the country.

Wednesday's move was not the first time Turkey has announced its displeasure with the U.S. about the issue.

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