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Russia jets accidentally target
Syria regime troops: activists

Regime positions north of Homs were mistakenly bombed.

Sukhoi jet. (AFP/Alexander Kots/Komsomolskaya Pravda)

BEIRUT – Russian airstrikes north of Homs have mistakenly hit regime forces conducting a major offensive against rebels, according to activists.

 

Alaraby Aljadeed on Thursday cited an opposition media activist as saying that Russian warplanes had “accidentally bombed a number of regime positions.”

 

Ahmad al-Daheek told the London-based daily that the mistakenly bombed sites include the “Aatoun checkpoint, the Mulouk base, the Military College in Al-Waer, a gathering of [militiamen] near the Al-Kamm junction and the area around the Division 26 [base] to the south of Teir Maalah, as well as a regime column near the [town’s] grain silos.”

 

The media activist claimed that the strikes caused regime fatalities, but added that the precise figure remains unknown “as all of the areas are military [zones] under [regime] control.”

 

Pro-rebel Al-Souria Net went into details on the purported Russian airstrikes on Syrian regime positions, reporting that the bombing of the Mulouk checkpoint “caused the death of two colonels and six privates.”

 

“[Other military personnel] were injured,” the correspondent added.

 

He went on to cite eye witness accounts as saying that the erroneous strikes had also targeted “the Mukhtariya checkpoints, Kafr Nan, Al-Nijmeh, the Brigade 26 [base], the Al-Felastini checkpoint, [the village of] Aatoun, and [its] electricity station and Military college, as well as Shiite-majority-populated locations in the area around Al-Dar al-Kabirah and Teir Maalah.”

 

A Homs-based activist, calling himself Mohammed al-Sibai, told the outlet that the mistaken strikes had happened because of the proximity of the various locations to the opposition-controlled areas the planes had intended to bomb.

 

The alleged friendly fire incidents came as the Syrian government on Thursday launched a fierce assault north of Homs in a bid to clear to the M5 highway leading north to Hama.

 

Rebels control an approximately 50-kilometer wide pocket of territory north of Homs known as the “Rastan pocket,” which at its narrowest tendril stretches down directly to the outskirts of the provincial capital.

 

Mulouk checkpoint

 

According to Al-Souria Net, the Mulouk checkpoint is the regime’s most important and most heavily guarded military position north of the central city.  

  

“It is the largest regime checkpoint in rural Homs and is located to the south of the town of Talbisa,” the online news outlet said.

 

“[The position] stretches [from Talbisa] towards Homs over an area of 6 kilometers.”

 

The installation houses “a gathering of regime forces in residences and car-company [buildings], which were previously commandeered by [government troops],” according to the report.

 

Pro-regime page denies activist claims

 

Citing what it called “our exclusive source,” Central Region News Network-Homs denied reports by local coordination committees in the area on the strikes, likening their claims to the sound made by crows.

 

“Rumors being disseminated by the local croaking committees that Russian planes have targeted our army’s positions are completely untrue,” read a post on the pro-regime Facebook page.

 

“Neither Al-Mukhtariya, the Mulouk checkpoint or any other of the positions [mentioned] in their nonsense [reports were hit].”

 

“They think the Russian and Syrian eagle is the blindly striking Saudi raven.”

A Russian Sukhoi jet takes off from Latakia's Hmeimim airbase. (AFP/Alexander Kots/Komsomolskaya Pravda)

The mistaken strikes had happened because of the proximity of the various locations to the opposition-controlled areas the planes had intended to bomb.

  • Hanibaal-Atheos

    For a while, we thought that only American military personnel are dumb idiots; Russian soldiers are equally stupid. Can't wait to see Syrian IEDs turn Russian soldiers into borscht. Another Afghanistan is in the making in Syria.

    October 17, 2015

  • vfxvdf

    nice terroroist propaganda:))) Syria confimed no ruusia target their position.

    October 16, 2015