SYRIA – More than 60 Islamic militants were killed and dozens injured in a series of airstrikes in the Syrian province of Idlib. According to a senior military source of the Sputnik Arabic agency, a joint air raid of the Russian Aerospace Forces and the Syrian Air Force was carried out in front of the Khayyat Tahrir al-Sham Islamist alliance being prepared by the militants ash-Sham “, the former” Jebhat al-Nusra “) and the pro-Turkish” National Liberation Front “(NFO) in the area of the city of Maarat al-Numan.
A source in the 25th Special Forces Division (formerly Tiger Forces |) of the Syrian Armed Forces reported that the enemy was planning a large sortie west of Maarat al-Numan, liberated by government forces on January 28. The KhTSH and NFO concentrated an attack group of about 80 militants ( most likely, this is an Ingimashi unit, the so-called jihadist special forces) in the area of the Deir-Sonbol settlement.The militants were divided into 5 equal units, each of which was tasked to advance to Maarat al-Numan in its direction .
As a result of a massive air raid of the Russian Aerospace Forces and the SAR Air Force, at least 60 militants, eight units of heavy equipment in service with the HTS and NFO, including a Turkish armored vehicle, were destroyed.
According to the Turkish Ministry of Defense, in two days (February 10–11), the Syrian armed forces lost more than 150 military as a result of “retaliatory strikes” and “acts of self-defense” of the Turkish contingent in the territory of the neighboring Arab republic.
On February 10, one of the largest exchange of blows between the Turkish contingent and the troops of Bashar al-Assad took place in the Syrian province of Idlib . According to the Turkish Ministry of Defense, as a result of missile and artillery attacks on 115 targets in the north-west of the Arab Republic, more than 100 soldiers of the Syrian “regime” were “neutralized”.
The Syrian Armed Forces General Staff did not provide their figures regarding the exchange of attacks. It is known that army artillery and multiple launch rocket systems attacked Turkish military columns and firing positions in the provinces of Idlib and Aleppo. The most severe attacks occurred on the Turkish convoy in the area of the former Syrian air base “Taftanaz” (Idlib province) and the Turkish stronghold in the area of the city of Atareb (Aleppo province).
The Turkish command admitted that as a result of the attacks on Taftanaz, at least 5 Turkish military personnel were killed and as many were injured. Local sources report that significantly more wounded were taken out from under the Taftanaz, directing them towards the Syrian-Turkish border. It has been suggested that the real number of military casualties by Turkey is significantly greater than the announced five-person figure.