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Russia deployed ground troops to support the Syrian army in Idlib

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Russia deployed ground troops to support the Syrian army in Idlib Empty Russia deployed ground troops to support the Syrian army in Idlib

Post by rocky on Thu 18 Jul 2019, 3:07 am

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By ahad7 18/07/2019 
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[rtl]Al Ahd News - Follow-up[/rtl]
[rtl]Senior Syrian opposition leaders said Russia had sent special forces over the past few days to fight alongside the Syrian regime's army, which is struggling to make gains in a more than two-month-old offensive in the northwest of the country to control the last stronghold of the opposition.[/rtl]
[rtl]They said that although Russian officers and soldiers were stationed behind the front lines, running operations, using snipers and firing anti-tank missiles, this is the first time that Moscow has sent ground troops to the battlefield in the attack that began at the end of April.[/rtl]
[rtl]"These Russian special forces are now on the ground," said Nafi Mustafa, a spokesman for the National Liberation Front coalition.[/rtl]
[rtl]Russian ground forces entered the battle with the regime's forces to control the strategically intimate area of ​​northern Hama, which fell into the hands of opposition fighters last week.[/rtl]
[rtl]"When the Assad forces fail, Russia intervenes directly, now they have intervened directly after the failure of the regime forces, and Russia has bombed the region with more than 200 sorties," Mustafa said.[/rtl]
[rtl]Russian defense ministry officials were not immediately available for comment.[/rtl]
[rtl]Russian-backed operations in Idlib province and around it for more than two months have yielded little to Russia and its ally, President Bashar al-Assad.[/rtl]
 
[rtl]This is a rare case of a military campaign that has not been resolved in favor of Russia since its intervention in Syria in 2015. "Russia has not only failed but has been defeated," Mustafa said.[/rtl]
[rtl]The leader of a main opposition group said Moscow's deployment of undisclosed numbers of ground forces came after Syrian special forces called Tiger Forces and allied militias could not make any significant field gains.[/rtl]
[rtl]"The regime found it in a bind and had to ask the Russian troops to be on the ground," said Jamil al-Saleh, the commander of the army.[/rtl]
[rtl]Saleh repeated what the opposition had already said that Russian forces and allied forces, which had won a major battle with the opposition since Moscow intervened in Syria, underestimated the strength and morale of opposition fighters.[/rtl]
[rtl]"Based on the size of the artillery and air, the Russians expected to control large and very large areas," he said.[/rtl]
[rtl]Opposition fighters contacted by Reuters said arms supplies, including guided anti-tank missiles from Turkey, had inflicted heavy losses on the Russians and their allies and had even repelled ground attacks.[/rtl]
[rtl]The Russian-led attack destroyed dozens of villages and towns and forced more than 300,000 civilians to flee to safer places closer to the Turkish border, according to the United Nations.[/rtl]
[rtl]Another opposition official said armed forces backed by Iran were entering the battle now that they had previously refrained from joining the Russian-led offensive.[/rtl]
[rtl]"The Iranians have brought reinforcements, and they are now fighting on some fronts," said spokesman for the Victory Army Mohammad Rashid.[/rtl]



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