On August 18, an explosion of improvised explosive device killed Russian Major-General Vyacheslav Gladkih and injured 2 Russian service members in the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor. The incident took place near the al-Taim oil field, east of the town of Sukhna, in the desert part of Syria.
The video shows the convoy of Syrian and Russian forces staying on the road. The explosion occured at the moment when the Russian major-general had a conversation with a local commander of the National Defense Forces.
On the same day, the pro-Turkish armed group “Gathering of Rebels in the Land of Deir Ezzor” released a statement claiming responsibility for the attack and threatening Syrian, Russian, Iranian and Kurdish forces in the province with more attacks. The group pretends to be a part of Turkey’s Syrian National Army (SNA), but the SNA itself denied this.
Later, on August 20, ISIS also claimed responsibility for the attack. Recently, the terrorist group conducted a series of IED attacks and raids against the Syrian Army in the desert. Therefore, ISIS remains the main suspect despite the claims by pro-Turkish forces.
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