Militants stationed in Greater Idlib used a US-made ground-to-ground rocket in a recent attack on the Russian Hmeimim airbase on the Syrian coast, Russian outlet Avia.Pro reported on July 19, citing ‘officials and social media reports’.
The outlet claimed that the attack took place at night time with the rocket landing in the vicinity of the Russian base.
“If US-made ground-to-ground rocket were actually used to attack the Russian Hmeimim airbase, this raises serious concerns,” the outlet’s report reads.
Avia.Pro didn’t provide any evidence proving the claims in the report. However, the outlet noted that militants’ sources are known for sharing unreliable information.
The most recent attack on Hmeimim airbase was carried out two days ago by Turkish-backed Ahrar al-Sharqiya. The group’s militants used an improved copy of the Soviet 122mm Grad rocket in the attack.
With the lack of any evidence, these claims can be considered nothing but a propaganda stunt meant to increase the tension between the U.S. and Russia in Syria.
Over the past few years, various ‘pro-opposition’ and MSM soures have released multiple speculations concerning the Russian and Iranian military presence and tensions between the two powers in Syria. Most of these reports appeared to be untrue.
Recently, a new trend appeared. Now, these sources are attempting to once again destabilize the situation in southern and eastern Syria where a relative calm appeared after the defeat of ISIS’ self-proclaimed Caliphate.