Russian military intervention in the Syrian Civil War
Explosions in the Syrian coastal city of Latakia after anti-aircraft defenses on Russian air base Khmeimim fended off a new suicide drone attack on the base, launched by jihadists from nearby Idlib, Reuters and RT reported, citing Syrian television and SANA news agency.
According to Syrian media, the drones were fired at the base from the so-called de-escalation zone, BTA reported.
The U.S. military is preparing to withdraw all of its forces from Syria by the end of April, the Wall Street Journal has reported on Feb. 7.
The al-Nusra Front, a former affiliate of al-Qaeda in Syria, now occupies 70 percent of Syria's northwestern province of Idlib, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Jan. 18 during a press conference with his German counterpart Heiko Maas in Moscow.