Late in the evening of February 9 and early in the morning of February 10, the Syrian Arab Army launched a colossal missile strike near the city of Tarkin, Syria. According to field sources, the Syrians hit a Turkish transport convoy trying to transport oil trucks from Syria to Turkey. Pro-Turkish local militias guarded the convoy.
The source claims that the Syrians are using the Russian missile system Point. Judging by the footage provided, the damage is colossal and includes both oil transport trucks and military equipment. It is not reported whether the military equipment is owned by the Turkish army or by the convoy’s exporters. There are reports of casualties – 28 pro-Turkish soldiers killed and dozens more wounded.
It was initially thought to have been struck by a Russian Kavikadze drone. But our field source managed to reach the site of the explosion and filmed the fallen Russian missile from the Point missile system. The rocket explosion destroyed almost everything within a radius of 100-150 meters.
We remind you that this is the fourth such missile strike in this area since the beginning of this year. All four attacks involved an attempt to transport smuggled oil.
Powerful Russian bombing over jihadist camps in Syria
On February 3, the Russian military conducted special operations to destroy jihadist training camps for mercenaries and terrorists in Syria. The military operation took place in the province of Idlib, 17 km northwest of the provincial capital.
Russian airstrikes were aimed at the jihadist group Ajnad Al-Kavkaz. According to field sources, the Russians used Su-24M bombers. Military experts say that according to the explosions’ power, the Russian Air Force dropped 500 kg of high-explosive aircraft bombs.
The jihadist group’s headquarters, as well as barracks and training fields, were destroyed. Russia has used planes taking off from Russia’s Kmeimim airbase near Latakia.
War in Syria
In February 2020, Turkey lost at least 62 troops killed in Syria. Nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, Syrian-backed forces destroyed dozens of Turkish armored vehicles, and more than ten drones, including drones, were shot down. Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of involvement in the deaths of Turkish soldiers, Russia rejects these allegations.
In early March, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, agreed that a ceasefire came into force in the Idlib de-escalation zone. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad later said that if the US and Turkish military did not leave the country, Damascus would use power.
The reason for the Russian-Turkish negotiations was a sharp aggravation of the situation in Idlib, where in January, a large-scale offensive by the Syrian army against the positions of the armed opposition and terrorists began.
Government forces recaptured nearly half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and left behind several Turkish observation posts. After that, Ankara sharply increased its military contingent in the region and launched the operation “Spring Shield” to push the Syrian troops. Militants are loyal to Ankara and support Turkey.