On November 20. Jaysh al-Izza claimed that it had killed a number of Russian service members who were operating near Kafar Roma in the southern countryside of Syria’s Idlib.
Fajir Ismail, head of the faction’s media office, told Enab Baladi that the Russian service members were targeted with a U.S.-made TOW anti-tank missile.
“After observing and monitoring regime forces, the Anti-Armour Regiment targeted a group of Russian personnel who were trying to build fortifications on the axis separating opposition and regime areas,” Ismail said, adding that the entire group was “killed.”
In a brief statement, Jaysh al-Izza said the attack was a response to the continued strikes by the regime and Russia on “civilians” in Greater Idlib.
Jaysh al-Izza, which lost most of its equipment and fighters in the last two years, has been trying to make a comeback for the last few months. The group is receiving support from its ally, the al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham that’s ruling over Greater Idlib.
Earlier this month, the group took a serious hit when a guided missile strike by the Syrian Arab Army killed and injured eight of its militants.
The claims of killing Russian service members are most likely a propaganda stunt by Jaysh al-Izza to amass support from local and possibly foreign backers. Up until 2017, the al-Qaeda-allied faction was backed by the U.S.
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