A new evidence linking Turkish forces to the recent drone attack on Russian troops in northeastern Syria was uncovered, the Abkhazian Network News Agency (ANNA) reported on July 24.
The attack took place on July 16 near the town of al-Darbasiyah in the northern countryside of al-Hasakah. A suicide drone targeted a gathering of Russian and Syrian troops who were investigating an earlier strike on the area. Three Russian service members and three others of the Syrian Arab Army were injured.
ANNA team inspected the attack site, where a Turkish-made 60 mm mortar was found. The shell was one of two fired at the area. Russian troops, who were later attacked by a drone, visited the area to investigate the shelling.
The Turkish mortar shell landed inside a minivan and failed to explode. Only a few days later, it was uncovered.
The shell proves that Turkish forces were behind the first strike that attracted Russian troops to the scene of the drone attack. The drone itself, a quadcopter, is similar to a type made by Turkey’s STM known as KARGU.
Russia is currently investigating the incident. According to Kurdish sources, a team of Russian investigators visited the attack site on July 18.
The motives behind the attack on Russian troops in northeastern Syria remain unclear. If Turkey was indeed responsible, its relations with Russia will be severally damaged. Russia responds to any attack on its troops in Syria politically or militarily.