On February 11, a loitering munition hit a pickup truck of the al-Qaeda-affiliated Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) in the town of Tuffahiyeh in the northern Lattakia countryside.
The truck, which was loaded with ammunition, was destroyed. No casualties were reported. However, the TIP does not usually acknowledge its losses in Syria as most of its militants are Chinese Uyghurs.
Several opposition sources claimed that the unidentified loitering munition was launched by Russian forces. This is yet to be confirmed.
استهداف بيك اب بواسطة طائرة انتحارية
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— همام عيسى (@humam_isa) February 11, 2021
Last year, a series of strikes with loitering mentions targeted militants’ positions and equipment in different parts of the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib. Syria, Russia and Iran were all accused of carrying out these strikes.
Today’s strike may have been a response to recent attacks by the TIP and other terrorist groups in northern Lattakia. In the last 24 hours, sniper fire targeted three Syrian service members in the region.
More than a year after the Russian-Turkish agreement on Greater Idlib, the situation in the region is still far from being stabile. Terrorist groups continue to carry out provocations.
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