On the eve of New year, the militants fired from mortars at the base Hamim in Syria, killed two Russian soldiers. On 4 January, said the Ministry of defence of the Russian Federation. While earlier media reports about the destruction of the seven aircraft of VC in the defense Ministry called fake. Now the Syrian intelligence services searching for the attackers on the base of militants. How to assess what has happened and does this strengthen the position of terrorists – we have explained the expert.
The airfield in Hamima fired on the night of December 31 – it is obvious that the militants hoped that our military and celebrate the New year and can remain vigilant.
According to official data of the Ministry of defense, during the operations in Syria in military action has killed 41 Russian soldier. At this point reports of sabotage by militants, similar to that which occurred on December 31, was not yet.
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Despite the death of two Russian soldiers, a number of experts in conversation with “MK” appreciated the tragic incident as a manifestation of the weakness of ISIS (banned terrorist organization) because of a larger operation, have suffered major losses and cut off from oil sources of income, the terrorists are no longer able.
According to military analyst Andrei Koshkin, “any serious defense fighters to keep can no longer, therefore all that remains – guerrilla attacks”.
In addition, the expert drew attention to the location of the fired base. According to the map, it is surrounded by places of residence of civilians. Thus, most likely, a group of Islamists were able to settle in one of the settlements and remain there for a long time.
“The population in this case could be loyal to the insurgents or intimidated by them, – the expert believes. – We can not exclude that terrorists could pretend to be military of the Syrian army that it would not be difficult because, as we know, the commanders of the regular forces repeatedly took the side of the terrorists”.
If so, then preventing such loss in the future – the task of counterintelligence, after all, originally began as a civil war in Syria so far, according to many military analysts, retains elements of the internal opposition. So, in the rear are still people who sympathize with the militants and, despite the efforts of the Syrian parties in this direction, extremely difficult to calculate them.
Meanwhile, there are various estimates of the number of remaining terrorists in Syria, mostly reads about 2.5–3 thousand people.