Russia Killed ‘Up To 200’ Terrorists in Airstrike on Their Camp in Syria
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After confirming intelligence about a camouflaged terrorist camp in the Syrian desert, the Russian Aerospace Forces carried out the airstrike, and destroyed two terrorist structures, “up to 200 militants, 24 pickups with heavy machine guns, as well as about 500 kg of ammunition and components for creating improvised explosive devices,” Rear Admiral Aleksandr Karpov, deputy head of the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria [RRCS], told reporters on Monday.
The base was used as a staging area for militants to make improvised explosive devices [IED] and send “battle groups” to carry out terrorist attacks across Syria, according to Karpov.
“Terrorists train in militant camps on the territory not controlled by Syrian authorities, including the zone of al-Tanf, which is controlled by US armed forces,” he added.
The US established a garrison at al-Tanf – along the road from Damascus to Baghdad – in 2016, against international law and over the objections of the Syrian government. Moscow and Damascus have repeatedly pointed out that the area serves as a de facto safe haven for militants carrying out terrorist attacks in Syria.
The admiral did not identify whether the militants belonged to Daesh [the Arabic acronym for terrorist ‘ISIS/ISIL’ group] or some other terrorist group – such as the Al-Qaeda affiliate so-called Hayat Tahrir al-Sham [HTS], which most notably operates in Idlib province under Turkish protection.
Russia intervened in Syria at the invitation of the government in Damascus in September 2015, when almost 70 percent of the country was in the hands of Daesh terrorists or other militants often described by Western media as “moderate rebels.”