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Syrian War Report – Feb. 5-8, 2019: Russian-supplied S-300 System Becoming Operational

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Syrian War Report – Feb. 5-8, 2019: Russian-supplied S-300 System Becoming Operational

On February 5, Israel’s ImageSat International company released satellite images showing positions of the Russia-supplied S-300 air defense system in Syria’s Masyaf. The released image shows 3 of the 4 launchers in an upright position and the fourth covered by a camouflage net. This was the first satellite image showing the launchers in an erected position since their arrival from Russia in October 2018. This may indicate that the system is about to become or has already become operational.

Earlier, Russian media reported that the S-300 system will become combat ready in March 2019 after Syrian S-300 crews would finish their training. However, it is possible that the training course was intensified because of a tense situation in the region.

On February 7, the Russian state-run TV network RT reported citing military sources that Iranian forces preparing to move their weapons supply center from the Damascus international airport to the T4 airbase in the province of Homs. The T4 airbase is currently being used by Iranian forces for operations involving unnamed aerial vehicles.

At the same time, the Israeli Haaretz newspaper released a satellite image showing the alleged positions of Iranian forces in Damascus airport and also claimed that the forces are preparing to withdraw to the T4 airbase.

Iran provides very little details on its operations in Syria. However, even if these reports are confirmed, this would not mean that Syria and Iran are limiting their military cooperation. Iranian positions in the Damascus International Airport area have been repeatedly targeted by the Israeli Air Force since the start of the conflict. So, the redeployment of Iranian forces may be an attempt to de-escalate the situation in the countryside of the Syrian capital.

On February 7, the 1st division of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) ambushed a group of ISIS fighters in the Damascus desert killing at least 6 of them. According to a military source, the group was likely carrying out a reconnaissance operation in order to prepare for terrorist attacks.

The 45th Brigade of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) launched 50 rockets at positions of ISIS around the town of al-Baghuz al-Fawqani in the middle Euphrates River Valley. According to the PMU, the strikes were aimed at preventing ISIS terrorists from entering Iraq.

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are currently finalizing their operation against ISIS in the area. However, a large number of terrorists still control a chunk of the SDF-besieged area.

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  • stary ujo

    We would like to listen news,…Israeli Black hawk shot down !!

    • FlorianGeyer

      With no survivors :)

  • Redadmiral

    Over the past number of weeks South Front have been using a considerable number of quotes from Core, Semi-peripheral and Peripheral Zionist media organizations which appear designed to generate irrelevant debate. I say irrelevant because Haaretz, Ch 12, NBC, NYT, WP, BBC, Guardian, et cetera, et cetera, so forth and so on; all LIE through their black rotten type and teeth. The lies and propaganda broadcast for those unfortunate enough to be locked in to the Empires Matrix should not be broadcast here, as it suggests an element of truth which there never is.

  • Rob

    Israel scoping on Russian and Syrian businesses. Shoot down their crap satellites.

    • Sukhoi-35

      they should use krasutkah on these satellites to jam/disable them or just shoot them down already

  • Sukhoi-35

    interesting facts: USA has constantly been snooping off the coast of Syria to monitor the electromagnetic emissions from hmeimim and tartus and also locate submarines. What they don’t know is Russia deactivates sensitive hardware and radars while these planes approach, and they use counter surveillance systems to monitor and analyze the RC-135/P8 Poseidon’s computer systems in order to better design their radars/encrypt communications/ and cloak sensitive equipment from american elint/recon crafts. Just imagine the outrage though if Russian Air Force was constantly snooping with their Il-20 30km off the coast of every US military base around the world. But when usa does it almost daily, it’s totally ok :)

    • FlorianGeyer

      The US though have the most Exceptional Government Morons in the world today and must never be challenged. :)

  • Jacob Wohl

    S-300 no match for Israel and no match for Patriot missiles. Assad must go. Syria will be free and democratic under FSA and SDF. America must stay in Syria for ever.

    • Ricky Miller

      If the S300 is no match for Israel than why have Israeli strikes on Syria gone from two or three a week to one a month? That’s just facing the new BUK missiles, and all the Israeli strikes are now being launched from long range. The S300 is a way better system than the Patriot which is why those in the technical know around the world are spending billions to acquire the S300 and S400. Wherever these systems appear people suddenly see a strange reduction in sightings of American aircraft.

      As far as President Assad, that’s Syria’s business, not yours and not NATO’s. Enough of Syrian society have rallied around the government to make that point crystal clear.

    • Joe Kerr

      Booked your ticket to Patagonia yet? Mossad’s tents are going quickly.

    • verner

      nah, the morons from the destitute states of morons (aka usa) better feck off home at the earliest possible time o´r there will be hell to pay. the squatters can’t be saved and they are doomed and will be disappeared.

    • Michael

      Stop feeding the troll, please.

  • Tommy Jensen

    BREAKING BREAKING:
    Satelite images shows Russia after 9 years supply time have erected 3 out of 4 S-300 launchers to a vertical position.
    THIS IS HUGE FOLKS.
    It may mean that Kremlin are very close to have all 4 launchers on the S-300 in a vertical position, before the extremely difficult training session of SAA members in the Russian language, so they can read the instruction manual for the S-300 supply.
    I will keep you updated on new breaking developments on the rare supply of S-300´s to Syria and Iran.

  • verner

    took a while so lets see them squatters’ jets in pieces on the ground and the murderous and thieving criminal squatters on their way to the next 5000 year diaspora inclusive of some serious pogroms.

  • Parisa Zoorgoo

    its such a shame thebwest was unable to neutralise the 911 pushers and enablers sticking out their nozes to stealfrom syria, iran and venezuela

  • gustavo

    Just right now that the S-300 is reported ready for combats, Israel has struck Syria without any problem at all, this is really very strange and disappointed about the S-300 system since S-300 must had seen these planes frome very far away (outside Syria borders where Syria planes lunch their missiles).