Syrian Army Repels Attack of al-Nusra Front Terrorists in Latakia – Source

Al-Nusra Front fighters. (File)


The Syrian army repelled an attack of al-Nusra Front terrorists on villages in the western province of Latakia, a military source told Sputnik on Wednesday.

DAMASCUS         According to the source, the attack was carried out by militants of al-Nusra Front and other extremist groups.

“The terrorists suffered losses, including influential field commanders,” the source added.

The source noted that the terrorists managed to take control over just one village in the province, but the Syrian army was trying to liberate it.

The Russia-US brokered ceasefire in Syria came into force on February 27. Al-Nusra Front and Daesh terrorist groups, which are outlawed in Russia, are not part of the ceasefire deal.

Russian S-400 Triumf Air Defense System

Russian S-400 Triumf Air Defense System

The S-400 Triumf (NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler) is one of the latest additions to the Russian anti-aircraft arsenal.

The S-400 Triumf (NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler) is one of the latest additions to the Russian anti-aircraft arsenal. It is capable of tracking and eliminating all types of hostile airborne targets, ranging from aircraft to ballistic and cruise missiles.


Downed Su-24 Pilot Found ‘Safe And Sound’, Taken to Hmeymim Base

Russian military air group at Khmeimim airbase in Syria


The rescue operation of Russia’s Su-24 navigator has been successefully completed with the pilot back at the Hmeymim airbase safe and sound, Russian Defense Ministry Gen. Sergei Shoigu said Thursday.

“The rescue operation was completed successfully. The navigator is back at our airbase. [He is] safe and sound,” the minister said at the Ministry of Defense board meeting.

Shoigu noted that the operation lasted 12 hours and thanked “all our men, who risked [their lives] working through the night.””I reported the success to the Commander in Chief (Russia’s President Vladimir Putin). He asked me to thank all the personnel who took part in this operation,” Shoigu said.

Vladimir Putin said that the commander killed in Syria will be awarded the Star of Hero of the Russian Federation posthumously. The rescued pilot will also be given state honors.

“He is safe, the navigator, and <…> is already at the airbase. And he, just like the rest of the rescue team, will be granted state awards,” Russia’s leader said.