Reconnaissance has registered militants in Syria redeploying forces to the southwestern part of the Idlib de-escalation zone gearing up for an offensive, Chief of the Main Operations Directorate of the Russian General Staff, Colonel General Sergei Rudskoi, told reporters at a press briefing on Monday.

“Reconnaissance has currently been registering covert redeployment and amassment of militants in the southwestern part of the [Idlib] de-escalation zone. At least 500 terrorists from the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, both groups outlawed in Russia – TASS) have been redeployed from the northern areas of the Idlib province. Preparations for offensive operations are underway,” he said.

According to Rudskoi, militants have an increasingly large number of foreign-made weapons, including multiple rocket launchers. “Jointly with our Turkish colleagues, we are taking steps to detect and surgically destroy the weapons of terrorists, their equipment, armaments and ammunition depots,” he pointed out.

Rudkoi noted that, over the past 1.5 months, surgical strikes on the southwestern part of the Idlib de-escalation zone have destroyed 11 tanks, 17 infantry fighting vehicles, 12 multiple rocket launchers, 29 vans with heavy machine guns, and also three depots with more than 40 drones.

“Let me emphasize that Russian aircraft strike only previously reconnoitered targets whose locations are verified several times through at least three independent channels. All strikes are targeted and surgical,” he added.

Mass Attacks in Idlib

The Syrian army has repelled two mass attacks of terrorists in the Idlib Governorate on Sunday, according to Rudskoi.

“Attacks on positions of the government forces became frequent. Yesterday at 05:40 and 06:10 terrorists carried out two mass attacks on the Syrian army’s positions near the communities of Kafr Yahud and Jalamah. Units of up to 300 militants supported by up to five tanks, up to 10 armored vehicles and up to 20 pickup trucks operated in each of the areas,” he said.

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Rudskoi said that these attacks were repelled by the Syrian government army with support from the Russian Aerospace Force.

“The terrorists have carried out a total of 324 attacks and made 17 attempts to advance on the positions, using tanks and artillery, since June 12, 2019,” he said.

 

Source: TASS

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“Junto con nuestros colegas turcos, estamos tomando medidas para detectar y destruir quirúrgicamente las armas de los terroristas, sus equipos, armamentos y depósitos de municiones”, … Patético que siga diciendo “nuestros socios”, el responsable de suministros de guerra es el gobierno Turco.

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How can the militants still have tanks and armored vehicles after all these years?

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Many of the FSA Militants defected from the ranks of Syrian Arab Army in the beginning of 2012 – 2013 along with their entire team and carrying all the military equipment & hardware and have been using it. Many a times these hardware change hands from FSA into the hands of Jaish Al Izza or HTS. Syrian Army & Russians are now going after these tanks which are put in use by the terrorists and taking them out one by one. Last year Syrian Army captured 15 tanks from east Qalamoun rebels 21st April 2018. According to military sources, at… Read more »

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I know these things. But I find it hard to believe, they still have tanks and armored vehicles…