Russian battleships based in the eastern Mediterranean Sea fired multiple long-range cruise missiles upon positions held by Hayyat Tahrir al-Sham and Southern Front at the Daraa al-Bilad district of the provincial capital on Friday.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubj6NamT8_w&feature=youtu.be

The missile attacks were called in by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) that has relied primarily on the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) and artillery units to deter insurgent advances in Daraa.

According to Al-Masdar News field correspondent Ibrahim Joudeh, the Russian Navy retaliated to a rebel suicide bombing that struck the Al-Sanfor Checkpoint in the Al-Manshiyah district yesterday.

SAA commanders in Daraa city are reportedly looking to minimize government casualties and thus have refrained from sending in large quantities of infantry units into battle.

The Russian Navy also occasionally fires ballistic missiles from its naval base in Tartous.

Daraa, the first city to witness anti-government protests in 2011, is split roughly 50/50 between the Syrian Government and various rebel factions.

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Stern Daler

Flashy advert of effective use of Russian Navy’s ballistic missiles.
Effective and resource conserving defensive use of SAA artillery.

Daraa was the first city not only to witness anti-government protests but also the first terrorist murders of government adherents in 2011.

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Assad must stay

It was a very nice burn party 🙂

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Stern Daler

Yes. Very effective defensive use of artillery & missiles.

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Daeshbags Sux

Tactically speaking, of frankly no interest.
>>> Haaaww!!! What does he says??????!
=> Really!
Well, let’s be clear : cruise/ballistic missiles are extremely expensive stand off weapons. Ship, sub or air launched, no matter, it’s what you normally before the ‘burn party’ begins in a country having it’s full defenses available. Nowadays, they’re often ‘stealth’. Well, you may use a classic or fuel-air load to attack a S-400 system some anti-bunker load to go against the HQs and well, others to f**k up airbases runways, like this one :
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apache_(missile)
Just look at the price, and you’re likely to need several…

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Laurence Peery

If you can’t properly identify the kind of Russian ships involved (the Russian Navy has no battleships), how can you expect us to believe the rest of your story?

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The author said “SAA commanders in Daraa city are reportedly looking to minimize government casualties and thus have refrained from sending in large quantities of infantry units into battle.”. I think that information is wrong as the SAA sent lots of reinforcements to Daraa front (not only from the NDF).