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BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that his country’s armed forces destroyed eight Russian-made air defense systems during their attack on the Syrian military’s positions in the Idlib Governorate.

According to Erdogan, the Turkish military destroyed at least eight Russian-made Pantsir-S1 systems during their wide-scale attack on the Syrian military’s positions in northwestern Syria.

“In Idlib, we destroyed eight Pantsir with the help of our combat drones. These are very expensive and important air defense systems,” NTV television quoted Erdogan as saying. He also added that, in addition to Idlib, these complexes are “deployed in Libya.”

A video was released showing the Turkish military allegedly destroying the Russian-made Pantsir systems; however, it was later revealed that some of the footage was not from Syria.

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Diego Prendergast
2020-03-11 01:14

Wishful thinking.

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Stern Daler
2020-03-11 12:31

There were no 8 Pantsir systems in Idlib. Nothing but lies for domestic consumption.

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2020-03-11 23:28
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The Russians admit that two Pantsir systems operated by the Syrians were damaged, but not destroyed, by Turkish drones. That of course is two too many, and the Russians will be investigating why and how it happened. I suspect the Syrian operators of those systems will be found to be at fault, even if they weren’t to blame. But you’re right, Erdogan is spreading fake news again. According to him the Syrian army has been completely wiped out by his heroic and all-conquering Turkish legions. If his claims were less over-blown, and verifiable, he might be believed more. Certainly when… Read more »