US Denies Role in Drone Swarm Attack on Russian Air Base

One of the drones Russia says attacked its military bases in Syria

Home-Made Drones Bombed a Russian Airbase, Defense Ministry Says

Two Russian service personnel were killed in a mortar attack on Russia's Hmeimim base in western Syria on December 31.

Russia is concerned about the threat of UAVs used for aggressive purposes following recent attacks on its bases in Syria, the Russian MoD announced on 11 January.

Last weekend, militants launched a drone attack on Hmeimim as well as a Russian naval base at Tartus. The second involved 13 drones armed with bomblets, which were all either shot down or forced to land via means of electronic warfare by Russian forces. US Forces say they've seen ISIS use drones in the past, but this is the first time so many were used in a single attack.

Seven were shot down and three others exploded after crashing on the night of January 5, the ministry said.

Karataş explained that such attacks are created to increase the probability of hitting a target even if a certain number of drones are taken down.

The attacks came about a week after two Russian troops were killed in a mortar attack on Khmeimim. "The depot has been destroyed by the Krasnopol precision artillery munition", the Defense Ministry said.

A drone used in an attempted strike on Russian military bases in Syria

The U.S. has said it would consider scrapping the 2015 deal, in which restricted its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

A drone used in an attempted strike on Russian military bases in Syria.

The Defense Ministry said the solutions used by the militants had been obtained from a technologically advanced country.

"The documents indicate the need for Ankara to fulfill its obligations to ensure compliance with the cessation of hostilities by the armed forces under its control and to intensify the work on setting up observation posts in the de-escalation zone of Idlib in order to prevent such attacks by armed [unmanned aerial vehicles] UAVs", the ministry said.

At the Pentagon, McKenzie said Dunford's phone call to Gerasimov was one of numerous channels that the USA uses to "deconflict" American forces operating in Syria in partnership with the anti-ISIS Syrian Democratic forces from the Russian air and ground forces backing the Assad regime.

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