Militant Groups Using Drones As Weapon


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Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, third left, visits the Hemeimeem air base in Syria, Saturday, June 18, 2016.

Russian Federation has repeatedly warned that U.S. military supplies aimed at supporting “moderate” Syrian militants eventually end up in the hands of terrorists.

The letters 'stress the requirement that Ankara deliver on its promises to enforce the ceasefire on the armed forces under its control and to establish observation posts in the Idlib de-escalation zone to prevent similar drone attacks on any targets, ' the report said.

Explosives attached to drones used in an attack on Russian military bases in Syria.

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The Russian defence ministry responded to initiral American denials by claiming the attack needed a "high-level engineer" and that "not every country is able to get sharp coordinates using space intelligence data".

After two years of Russian military support for the Assad government, Putin announced in mid-December the partial withdrawal of forces from the country, saying their task had been largely completed.

The group said the base was targeted by drones belonging to an "Islamist faction" operating in the area.

But the nearest Islamic State positions are hundreds of miles away from the western coastal province where Khmeimim is located, making the group one of the more unlikely culprits.

"All of the drones forced to land by our radio-electronic warfare means and the debris of the drones shot down have been collected and are being examined by the Russian Defense Ministry".

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"Seven unmanned aerial vehicles were destroyed by the regular anti-aircraft missile and gun complexes Pantsir-S of Russian air defense units carrying round-the-clock combat duty".

"If it was the opposition, they tend to put everything online and boast about it", he said.

It's unknown who launched the swarm, with the attack being unclaimed at present.

Instead, the raids brought to light the need for a political resolution of the Syria conflict, he added.

An operational room of opposition groups fighting in the area denied that regime forces had broken the siege.

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Idlib province has been a source of tension between regime-backer Russian Federation and rebel-supporter Turkey, with Ankara accusing the Syrian regime of stepping up its offensive on key rebel-held areas there. "But it's a mystery at the moment".