Turkey Attacks Russian Air Base in Syria

[ Editor’s note: VT has long editorialized that Turkey has armed and provided and entire logistics support effort for the jihadis in Idlib, which has undermined any movement on the peace process.
In Astana, in meeting after meeting neither Russia nor Iran called on Turkey to cease and desist in these efforts. Turkey is as much an occupying power in Syria as the US.
Russia and Iran have both allowed themselves to be compromised to go along with the sham. The Russians have their gas pipeline deal with Erdogan and the S-400 missiles, and the latter, a buy now pay later deal, giving Turkey even more leverage.

And Iran has Turkey as one of its few major remaining oil buyers, which it desperately needs with the EU having reneged on their million barrels per day commitment.
With friends like this who needs enemies? Welcome to the seamy side of geopoliticsJim W. Dean ]

– First published … May 26, 2019
TEHRAN (FNA) – A Russian newspaper in a report on Ankara’s attempt to arm terrorists in Northern Syria in flagrant violation of the Sochi Agreement with Russia disclosed Turkey’s support for militants’ attack on Humeimem Military Base in Lattakia Province.

After declaring ceasefire by the Syrian Army in Idlib province on May 18, terrorists launched rocket attacks on Russia’s Humeimem military base which resulted in emergency phone talks between the Russian and Turkish sides, the Arabic-language service of Russia Today cited Russian daily Nezavisimaya Gazeta as saying.

It added that a news website affiliated to Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) has released photos on the attack on Humeimem military base as the rockets used in the attack bore Turkish-language imprints. However, the pictures were taken off hours later.

The report also noted that the attack on Humeimem military base had not been possible without Ankara’s support, and said that Turkey arms terrorists who are fighting the Syrian government as Humeimem military base constantly comes under attack by terrorists stationed in Idlib.

Meantime, an expert of Russia’s Strategic Research Center Vladimir Ivosif confirmed the report, and said that terrorists’ access to modern missile-launchers is only possible from Turkey.

Hmeimim Air Base is a Syrian airbase currently operated by Russia, located Southeast  of the city of Lattakia. The airbase shares some airfield facilities with Bassel Al-Assad International Airport. The legal status of the base is regulated by a treaty Russia and Syria signed in August 2015. At the end of 2017, Russia said it had decided to turn the Hmeimim base into a component of its permanent military contingent stationed in Syria.

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  1. (Just for the initiates:)What hast he Humeim-hem em to do withthe home of the the Mumintrolllers, to which tey were to retreat to aftair thair ignoble defete to Venetian intrigues at the Biennials? Is not the Ysrian desert the obvious choice?
    “What kne christians of agriculture or the Jews of makin wine or the Arabs of sheepish hiúsbandery´ this is a common Curdish saying on the Turkish-yrian border. — I wouldd rathether askribe the hounour to the un-imposing moumitrolls that settled the Ater being expurged from Veneziare. S

  2. Enigmatic err-dog the dork showing his NATO spots; incandescent ISIS affiliation or just plain orneriness. He is the boy harlequin, the joker in everyone’s camp having the last laugh at his own dry jokes. Using Syria as a pissing post is all very well with the wind at your back but once that old north wind begins to whip and crack – the way it blows from Moscow, he might as well relieve himself against the third rail of a railway track at Ankara Garı.

    “Hey, err-dog, between me an’ you … who saved your ass time of the coup?”

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