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The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) used OTR-21 Tochka tactical ballistic missiles in the recent strikes on terrorists positions in the city of Jisr al-Shughur in northwest Idlib.
According to opposition sources, at least three Tochka missiles, two of them armed with cluster warheads, were used in the strikes on Jisr al-Shughur, a known hub for foreign terrorists and their families.
The sources released images claiming to show the boosters of two of the missiles, likely the ones which were armed with cluster warheads.
The OTR-21 Tochka, which was developed by the Soviet Union in the mid-70s, has the range between 70 – 185 km depending on the variant. The missile’s circular error probable (CEP) is less than 70m.
The strikes, which took place in the late hours of November 29, targeted the Nahr al-Abyad area in the outskirt of Jisr al-Shughur. Initially, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), claimed that six missiles were used.
A coalition of al-Qaeda-affiliated groups and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) occupied Jisr al-Shughur in 2015. Most of the locals were expelled from the city and replaced with foreign terrorists, mainly from the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP).
The SAA’s missile strike on the city’s outskirt reflects Damascus determination to counter the ever growing terrorism threat in Idlib.
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