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Syrian and Russian troops conduct joint drills in Syria


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DAMASCUS, Syria — Syrian and Russian troops performed joint navy drills in Syria involving floor and air forces, Syrian state media reported Wednesday.

Russian and Syrian troops simulated attacking enemy positions beneath the duvet of artillery shelling and airstrikes by warplanes and helicopters, in keeping with a video launched by Syria’s Protection Ministry. Paratroopers additionally took half within the conflict video games, taking up positions on overlooking hills.

The maneuvers had been attended by the commander of the Russian forces in Syria, Lt. Gen. Alexander Chaiko, and Syria’s Protection Minister Gen. Ali Mahmoud Abbass.

Russia is a predominant backer of President Bashar Assad and has a broad presence in Syria, the place an 11-year battle has killed tons of of 1000’s and displaced half the nation’s pre-war inhabitants.

Russia grew to become concerned militarily in Syria in September 2015 serving to to tip the steadiness of energy in favor of Assad’s forces.

Such joint drills should not unusual in Syria.

In June, the Syrian and Russian air forces performed drills over completely different components of the nation, together with on the sting of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

The 2 nations additionally performed a drill every week earlier than Russia started its invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24.

Days earlier than Russia’s invasion of Ukraine started, the Russian navy deployed long-range nuclear-capable bombers and fighter jets carrying state-of-the-art hypersonic missiles to Syria for enormous naval maneuvers within the Mediterranean Sea.

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