11:31 GMT +315 December 2017
Listen Live
    Su-25 fighters

    US Secret Services Initiate al-Nusra Front Attack in Syria's Idlib - Russian MoD

    © Sputnik/ Evgeny Yepanchintsev
    Middle East
    Get short URL
    291160

    Al-Nusra Front terrorists used artillery, tanks and infantry fighting vehicles during their offensive in the Idlib de-escalation zone, the Russian General Staff said on Wednesday. The US secret services were said to be behind the attack.

    "Despite agreements signed on September 15 in Astana, al-Nusra Front terrorists and allied militants, who do not want to uphold a cease-fire, launched a strong offensive on the positions of the government troops on September 19 to the north and northeast of the city of Hama in the Idlib de-escalation zone," the General Staff's statement said.

    The militants' attack was "initiated by US secret services to stop the successful advance of the government troops to the east of Deir ez-Zor," it adds. The militants managed to penetrate Syrian army defenses to the depth of some 12 kilometers.

    "In general, as a result of measures undertaken by the Russian command and the Syrian general staff, the terrorist offensive was stopped, and they suffered significant damage," the chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the Russian General Staff, Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy said.

    A Russian military police unit of 29 personnel was encircled as the militants sought to capture it and was repelling the attacks for several hours together with a local tribe that had signed a cease-fire agreement. A group of Russian Spetsnaz and Syrian special operations forces came to the rescue, backed by Su-25 strike fighters. The military police unit broke the siege and left the area. Three servicemen were wounded.

    The Syrian Army, supported by Russian warplanes, launched a counterattack and have almost completely reclaimed their positions in the Idlib de-escalation zone. The operation to destroy terrorists will continue, the General Staff said.

    "A total of 187 terrorist targets were hit by air strikes and artillery fire, about 850 terrorists, 11 tanks, 4 infantry fighting vehicles, 46 pick-up trucks, 5 mortars, and 38 weapons depots were destroyed," Rudskoy added.

    Related:

    Lavrov Blasts US-Led Coalition for Trying to Protect Nusra Front in Syria
    Operation Against Daesh, al-Nusra Front to Continue Until Their Destruction
    Syrian Army Advances on Border With Jordan, Further Kicks al-Nusra Front Out
    Why Syrian Army Needs to Keep a Close Eye on Al-Nusra Front in Idlib
    Tags:
    The Syrian war, Syrian Army, Al-Nusra Front, Idlib, Syria, Russia
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik
    • Сomment