On August 15, Russian forces launched an anti-aircraft missile at an unidentified drone in the northern countryside of Syria’s al-Hasakah.
The drone was targeted after approaching a Russian unit that was conducting a patrol near the town of Amuda, which is located right on the border with Turkey. The location of the incident suggests that the drone was Turkish.
According to local sources, the Russian missile brought down the unidentified drone. However, this has not been confirmed yet.
Russian Military Police units in northeastern Syria are armed with man-portable air-defense system (MANPADs). A video released by Vedeng in June revealed that the Russian Military Police had deployed MANPADs while conducting patrols in the region.
Last month, a drone attack targeted Russian troops in northeastern Syria, near the Turkish border. Three Russian service members were injured. The available evidence indicates that the Turkish military was behind the attack.
The incident near Amuda today indicates that Russian forces in northeastern Syria are now taking more serious measures to confront any aerial threat.