Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Science | By Hubert Green

A swarm of home-made drones has bombed a Russian airbase

A swarm of home-made drones has bombed a Russian airbase

Wednesday's move was not the first time Turkey has announced its displeasure with the United States about the issue.

The events of recent days are a demonstration "that whoever conducted these attacks can still penetrate regime areas and impose costs on the Russians", Cafarella said.

The development comes one day after the Russian Ministry of Defense implied that the U.S. had helped coordinate the drone attacks on Hmeimim air base and Tartus naval facility.

Another seven drones were "eliminated" by Pantsir-S anti-aircraft missiles fired by the Russians, with the bases reporting no casualties or damage, the statement explains.

In a statement published to its Facebook page, the Russian Ministry of Defence said that its security systems surrounding the Syrian air base of Khmeimim and the naval port in the city of Tartus successfully repelled 13 "unidentified small-size air targets" in what it called a terrorist attack on 5 January.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The armed Unmanned Arial Vehicles (UAV) used in the attack, according to sources, could have been obtained only from a country possessing state-of-the-art technologies.

It also noted a "strange coincidence" of a USA military intelligence plane flying over the Mediterranean near the two Russian bases at the moment of the attack.

If the report is accurate, the Russian forces are lucky the attack wasn't worse, because whoever unleashed these drones wasn't fooling around. "That action wouldn't have been possible without involvement of American structures", said Gennady Zyuganov, head of the Communist Party and a member of the lower house.

But increasingly there are suspicions that the attack also may have been carried out with by weaponized drones.

The Kremlin said Tuesday that it had enough forces in Syria to withstand any attacks on the bases.

Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said the allegation was "absolutely false".

The Russian and the USA militaries have maintained regular contacts to avoid conflict between their forces in Syria.

The attacks have also spurred a flurry of questions over who may be responsible for what amounts to the biggest military challenge yet to Russia's role in Syria, just when Moscow is seeking to wind its presence down.

As agreed in Astana talks by Turkey, Russia and Iran, Turkish military is now deployed in Idlib to set up observation posts and monitor the implementation of de-escalation zones.

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