Russia's explanation about who attacked its bases in Syria keeps getting stranger

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2018

He was speaking after Russian forces in Syria faced an assault by 13 makeshift drones launched from a rebel village 50 miles away.

The defence ministry said there were no casualties or damage in the incidents, but warned that similar technology could be used to wage terror anywhere in the world.

"Until now, fighters have used drones primarily for aerial examination".

The unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) used in the attacks on Russia's facilities in Syria bear a resemblance to certain types of equipment used by the USA military, according to Erdoğan Karakuş, a military analyst and retired Lt. Gen. of the Turkish Air Force.

Russia is concerned about the threat of UAVs used for aggressive purposes following recent attacks on its bases in Syria, the Russian MoD announced on 11 January. Since drones are so available on the open market is it only a matter of time till we see terrorist use this in Europe and the US? "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", Eric Pahon, a spokesperson for the US Department of Defense, told The Independent.

Asked whether such attacks may be regarded as a new powerful instrument in the hands of terrorists, Beyazıt Karataş, a retired Maj.

The Russian Defense Ministry said the attack on its base in northwestern Syria was the first mass-drone attack it has suffered in the country. Over the past year, China and the U.S. have been busy developing their own drone technology.

Following the drone attack, the Russian Defence Ministry sent letters to Turkey's military leaders, asking them to deploy military observers to help prevent further attacks from Idlib on Russian assets. Each of the drones carried 10 bomblets. "Terrorists carry out such attacks to attract global attention to themselves", the analyst said.

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