US Spy Aircraft Flew Between Russian Bases in Syria

Images purport to show damage to a Russian jet in Syria.   Joseph Dempsey via Twitter

Last Saturday, Russia's main airbase in Kheimim in the Syrian Latakia province came under a massive drone attack.

The forces had advanced to within three km of the air base on Wednesday, said a military media unit run by Lebanon's Hezbollah, which fights on the Syrian army's side. Seven were shot down and the remaining three exploded after crashing nearby on the night of 5 January.

The ministry also said the drones that tried to attack Hmeymim and Tartus had been launched from the area of Muazzar, in the southwestern part of the de-escalation zone Idlib, held by the armed groups of the so-called moderate opposition.

The defence ministry also shared images of a captured weapon.

9 that "any suggestion that US or coalition forces played a role in an attack on a Russian base is without any basis in fact and is utterly irresponsible".

The recent attack comes about a week after the Kheimim air base was subjected to mortar shelling by militant groups that killed two Russian military personals. Pentagon spokesman Maj. Adrian Rankin-Galloway, however, claimed that “those devices and technologies can easily be obtained in the open market.” He later also told Sputnik that the U.S. already saw what it called “this type of commercial UAV [unmanned aerial vehicle] technology” being used in Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) missions.

"The gains the regime has made are not secure and are at high risk of being temporary".

"Russia's military intervention in Syria and its repeated use of the veto at the United Nations Security Council makes Russian Federation a party to the conflict", The Guardian quoted the group as saying.

Eric Pahon, a spokesperson for the US Department of Defense, told The Independent: "Any suggestion the US, the coalition or our partnered forces played a role in an attack on a Russian base is without any basis in fact and utterly irresponsible". In recent months, however, the Russian military brass has become increasingly critical of the USA role in Syria, accusing it of protecting militants who can carry out future battles against Assad - a claim the US has angrily denied.

'We have a certain device but it is not clear how easy is it to use. "Non-military facilities and civilian population in any country around the world may be under the threat of a real combat strike by terrorists armed with such drones", he said. It said data for the attacks could only have been obtained from countries possessing satellite navigation technology.

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