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Published in Press Stream:
November 23. 2015

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Published in Stream:
November 23. 2015
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Reports Of Russian Infantry Fighting In Syria
6 years
Stream: November 23. 2015
Publication: Putin in Syria
Syrian Rebels Advance South of Aleppo: Fight Hezbollah and Iraqi Militias

Elijah J. Magnier, chief international correspondent for Kuwait's al-Rai newspaper, reported this morning, citing a "high ranking source" in the Syrian government that Russian ground forces have taken part in an assault in the Latakia province.

For the first time a Russian infantry backed by T-90 tanks and Russian Air Force Su-25M stormed the Syrian Takfiri opposition between Latakia and Idlib countryside’s, capturing a strategic hill after five hours of fierce battle resulting in no casualties among the attacking forces.

A high ranking source said ”the Russian live manoeuver required the use of 130mm artillery battalion backed by a heavy air bombardment to the hill before the advance of the infantry as a test of the troops’ readiness and to raise the efficiency of engagement of the Russian forces in further battles on the Syrian soil against terrorists. Russia is also showing the real evolution and strength of its troops that did not participate in real battle for many years. The Syrian forces and allies provided only logistic support without participating to the battle as requested by the Russian officers. Many terrorists were killed and left behind in the battlefield.”

The mountainous border between the Latakia and Idlib provinces has seen heavy fighting between regime forces and rebel fighters, with Russia conducting regular, heavy air strikes on towns such as Jabal al-Akrad and Salma.

It was in this area that Russian TOS-1 Buratino thermobaric missile launchers were filmed in action last month.

T-90 tanks have also been spotted in Syria, deployed at the Hmeemeem airbase used by Russian jets:

Today, photos of T-90 tanks, purportedly taken in the Aleppo province, appeared on social media:

Just last week, Russia's Vedomosti was told by a Ministry of Defence official that Russian artillery units were indeed providing fire support for regime troops on the ground, but the source insisted that no infantry operations were being conducted.

-- Pierre Vaux