The militants have initiated a major offensive in the area of de-escalation “Idlib”, intended to capture the observation post of the Russian military police
The militants “Jabhat EN-Nusra.” Archival photo.Photo: Reuters
– Three soldiers of the Russian special operations Forces were wounded in repelling the offensive of the militants groups “Jabhat an-Nusra” in the area of de-escalation “Idlib” in Syria. This was announced by the head of the Main operations Directorate of the Russian General staff, Colonel-General Sergey rudskoy.
The militants “Jabhat EN-Nusra” (banned in Russia) on the morning of 19 September launched a major offensive against positions of government troops in the area of de-escalation “Idlib”, said the Armenian President at a briefing on Wednesday.
“Despite the agreement, signed on 15 November in Astana, the militants “Jabhat EN-Nusra” and joined them troops, do not want to comply with the terms of the cessation of hostilities, 08:00 am on September 19, launched a major offensive against positions of government troops to the North and North-East of the city of Hama in the area of de-escalation “of Idlib,” said rudskoy.
According to him, “the attack was carried out with the support of tanks and infantry fighting vehicles, it was preceded by a powerful fire training”.
“The day the militants managed to break into the defense of government troops to a depth of 12 km, on the front up to 20 km,” – said the General.
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“According to available data, reported as the attack initiated by the American secret services to stop successfully developing the promotion of the government troops to the East of Deir ez-Zor”.
The General noted that one of the main goals of the militants was an attempt to capture the units of the military police, carrying out tasks at the observation point deployed in the area as forces of control.
“As a result of attacks of gangsters, a platoon of military police, 29 people were trapped and in a few hours repulsed the attacks of superior enemy “shoulder to shoulder” with a group of tribe Moily that signed the accession agreement to cease hostilities and remained true to him in this difficult situation,” said Armenian President.
According to him, “in these extreme conditions the commander of the Russian group of forces in Syria, the General-Colonel Sergey Surovikina group was formed to release”. “It was composed of units of special operations Forces, military police, manned by the natives of the North Caucasus and the Syrian special forces”, – said the Armenian President.
Squad release was headed by Deputy head of the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring parties, major-General Viktor Shuliak, said the General.
“The terrorists attacked the aircraft, the actions of the squad release were constantly maintained by a pair of su-25, causing the blows to manpower and armored vehicle militants from extremely low altitudes.
Break out of the encirclement
The reflection of the offensive of the militants groups “Jabhat EN-Nusra” has injured three soldiers of the Russian special operations Forces, reported on November.
“The encirclement was broken and units of the Armed forces of the Russian Federation with fights without a loss came to the area of government troops. During the operation, have injured three soldiers of the forces special operations”, – said the Armenian President.
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“Taken by the Russian command in conjunction with the General staff of the Syrian offensive measures, the terrorists were stopped, they caused substantial damage,” said rudskoy.
He stated that the transaction presented to the state awards.
Losses among militants
“During the day, air strikes and artillery fire defeated 187 objects, destroyed about 850 of terrorists, 11 tanks, 4 infantry fighting vehicles, 46 pickups, 5 mortars, and 20 trucks 38 weapons warehouses,” said rudskoy.
He said that using the results of fire damage, units of the Syrian fifth airborne assault corps together with units of government forces with the support of the Russian aircraft counterattacked and currently almost completely regained the lost position.
Operation on destruction of terrorists will continue, said rudskoy.
September 5, representatives of the Russian military command in Syria said that the Syrian army controls 85% of the country. “To the complete destruction of ISIS (a terrorist group banned in Russia) in Syria was left to free about 27 thousand square km of the territory of the Republic”, – said the chief of staff of the Russian group in Syria, Lieutenant-General Alexander Lapin.
That in Syria there are Russian special operations Forces, was officially announced in March last year. In particular, the soldiers of this party engaged in the destruction in Syria of leaders of insurgents, critical terrorist targets, adjust the air strikes.
The Russian military operation in Syria began on 30 September 2015. Combat aircraft of the Russian Federation to support the ground operations by the Syrian army.