WORLD Russia foils terrorist drone attacks on its Syrian bases

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Russia foils terrorist drone attacks on its Syrian bases

Xinhua

07:54, January 09, 2018

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Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses servicemen as he visits the Hmeymim air base in Latakia Province, SyriaDecember 11, 2017.  Photo: Xinhua

Terrorists attempted last week to attack Russia's Hmeymim and Tartus military bases in Syria with drones, which were captured or destroyed by Russian servicemen, local media reported Monday, citing a defense ministry statement.

Seven combat drones were destroyed by surface-to-air missiles and anti-aircraft artilleries, while another six were brought to ground by radio-electronic warfare equipment with three of them exploding after hitting the ground, the statement said.

The Hmeymim airbase and Tartus naval base are operating normally after the drone attacks, it said.

Moscow began military operations against terrorist groups in Syria at the request of Damascus since September 2015.

With the support of the Russian bombing, the Syrian government has retaken most of its territories controlled by the Islamic State group in the past two years.

Given the victory on the ground, the Russian army began a partial withdrawal of its troops in Syria early last month under the order of President Vladimir Putin.

Russia said it will keep the Hmeymim and Tartus bases in case of the reemergence of terrorists.



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