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Russian, Turkish Officers Hold ‘Operational Meeting’ in North Syria

Russian, Turkish Officers Hold ‘Operational Meeting’ in North Syria

Wednesday, 3 November, 2021 - 12:00
Syrian factions loyal to Turkey during training in the countryside of Aleppo two days ago (AFP)

Russian and Turkish military officers, on Tuesday, held an operational meeting in north Syria, reported a UK-based war monitor.

“Russian officers have arrived at the Turkish base in the Jabal Aqil area of the city of Al-Bab east of Aleppo,” said the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights, revealing that the officials had arrived on board a helicopter to meet with Turkish officers.

Russian helicopters flew over the city of Al-Bab at a low altitude until the meeting was over.

This comes at a time military movement is taking place in northern and eastern Syria.

Ankara threatens to launch a military operation against areas controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

This coincided with the regime and SDF military buildup in the area.

Military and local sources said that Russian military helicopters carried out intensive military training maneuvers in the airspace of Al-Bab city in the eastern countryside of Aleppo.

The helicopters flew at a low altitude over the front lines separating regime forces deployed in the southern and eastern countryside of Al-Bab from SDF forces stationed in its eastern countryside and the town of al-Arima and nearby villages.

It is noteworthy that Syrian National Army factions loyal to Turkey control Al-Bab’s center and its northern and western countryside.

At the same time, the Observatory, citing local sources, reported that the Russian forces held drills in Abu Soura and Sareen regions.

The sources said a fighter jet, as well as two attack helicopters, took part in the maneuvers.

They added that live munitions were used during the military exercise, as the Russian military aircraft carried out bombing operations against designated targets.

The development came a day after Russian helicopters overflew Tal al-Abyad town in northern Syria, as they were on a reconnaissance mission in the area.

Syrian government forces conducted military maneuvers on the outskirts of Tell Tamr town in the western part of the country’s northeastern al-Hasakah Province on Sunday. Russian jets flew at low altitudes during the drills and launched anti-missile flares.

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