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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Jan 2018 10:34 p.m. PST

….on New Year's Eve?

"On Jan. 3, 2018, the Russian newspaper Kommersant reported that "radical Islamists" had destroyed seven Russian combat jets at Khmeimim, or Hmeimim, air base near Latakia, Syria on New Year's Eve, 2017.

Russian president Vladimir Putin had visited the base earlier that month to praise the troops for their "victory over the most combat capable Islamic militants" and announced a partial withdrawal of Russian forces stationed there.

According to Kommersant, two "military-diplomatic sources" said the destroyed aircraft included four Su-24 swing-wing bombers, two Su-35S multi-role fighters and one An-72 transport jet…"
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zoneofcontrol Inactive Member07 Jan 2018 6:32 a.m. PST

Probably just some disaffected folks colluding with armament suppliers to meddle with Russia's military capability.

Sobieski Inactive Member07 Jan 2018 4:20 p.m. PST

They lost their question marks too, I see.

Stryderg08 Jan 2018 8:05 a.m. PST

announced a partial withdrawal of Russian forces stationed there

They were withdrawn and no one told the local base commander. Typical bureaucratic efficiency.

Dn Jackson08 Jan 2018 1:33 p.m. PST

"Did Russia Really Lose Seven Warplanes in Syria "

Did you check behind the couch? If you can't find something it's almost always there.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 Jan 2018 4:28 p.m. PST

Russia Says 13 Drones Used In Attack On Its Air Base, Naval Facility In Syria

"Russia says 13 armed drones have recently been used to attack its air base and its naval facility in western Syria.

The Russian Defense Ministry said on January 8 that there were no casualties or damage as a result of the attacks on the Hmeimim air base and Tartus naval facility.

Russian forces were able to overpower radio signals for some of the drones and gain control of them during the attacks overnight on January 5-6, a statement said.

Other drones were destroyed with short-range Pantsir-S1 antiaircraft missile systems, it also said, adding that the unmanned aerial vehicles were carrying foreign, professionally manufactured explosives…"
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28mm Fanatik08 Jan 2018 4:46 p.m. PST

"Engineering solutions used by the terrorists in the attack…could have been obtained only from a country possessing high-tech capabilities for providing satellite navigation and remote control," it added, without naming any country."

Just who or what country is being accused of providing terrorists such "engineering solutions" in the drone attack?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP09 Jan 2018 9:57 p.m. PST

Russia suggests US may have had role in attack on Russian bases in Syria

"The Russian government appeared to suggest Tuesday that the US military had a role in a recent attack on two Russian military bases in Syria, an attack that Russia said involved 13 armed drones, a notion immediately rejected by the Pentagon.

The Russian Ministry of Defense issued a statement Monday saying that 10 "assault drones" had attempted to attack Khmeimim Air Base, the Russian military's primary air base in Syria. The statement said three additional drones had tried to attack the Russian naval facility at Tartus.

Russian troops were able to intercept the drones using electronic warfare jamming and Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft missiles, according to the statement, which also said that no casualties or damage to Russian equipment resulted from the attack…"
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