Syrian forces recapture Kızıldag hills from Turkmens

According to Turkmen sources, the Syrian army deployed armored vehicles, heavy machine guns and troops to Kızıldag in order to regain control. The hills have strategic importance for Turkmens as it looks over 10 nearby villages where Bayırbucak Turkmens live.

Syrian forces, supported by Russian air and land forces, started a military ground operation in Bayırbucak this week where there are about 50 Turkmen villages and have been pounding the mountainous area where Turkmens live. Turkmens are an ethnic Turkic group living mostly in Syria and Iraq, along with Arabs and Kurds.

On Tuesday, two Turkish F-16 jets shot down a Russian-made Su-24 aircraft near the Syrian border after repeatedly warning it over airspace violations.

On Wednesday, the Kremlin said Moscow would dispatch an S-400 air defense system to bolster its Khmeimim air base in Syria’s Latakia province, an advanced weapons system that can be used to shoot down planes at long distance.


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