On October 30, mysterious loitering munitions struck several targets in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib, which is controlled by a number of terrorist groups.
The munitions struck targets near the towns of Kafar Takharim, Deir Sunbul, Arihah and al-Bara, which are located in the southern and northern countryside of Idlib.
Opposition sources claimed that one of the munitions struck a civilian truck. However, it was later revealed that the strike actually targeted a U.S.-made M114 howitzer that was recently supplied by Turkey to Great Idlib militants.
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According to local sources, one of the strikes killed three militants of the Turkish-backed Ahrar al-Sham Movement. Many others were injured.
Opposition activists shared a photo of one of the loitering munitions which struck Greater Idlib. The munition, which had an X-shaped wing design, is identical to a type used last July in a strike on a fuel trafficking company run by al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham.
The activists claimed that the munitions were launched by Russian forces. Nevertheless, several experts on Twitter argued that the munitions were deployed by the Syrian Arab Army or Iranian forces.
Loitering munitions will enable pro-government forces to neutralize the militants’ valuable assets, like the weapons recently supplied by Turkey, with high-precision while posing very low risk to civilians in Greater Idlib.
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