‘Syrian’ Footage of Deadly Airstrikes on Turkish Military Shows They Were Actually Russian Strikes

Moscow and Ankara are both happy to let the Syrians claim them to avoid a worse falling out neither wants

Syrian state TV broadcast airstrike footage from the battle of Nairab this Thursday where Turks and rebel combined for a joint offensive against the Russian-backed Syrian army:

The Syrian TV billed the footage which includes bombs falling on Turkish M60 tanks as showing Syrian airstrikes. And indeed, so far footage captured in Russian strikes has only ever been released through the Russian ministry of defense. Yet here there was Syrian TV in possession of it just hours after the battle, so it must have been indeed Syrians jets which bloodied Turkish armor at Nairab? 

Maybe. Maybe not. Let’s say you were the Russians. Quite likely you would want to make the airstrikes footage public to help deter the Turks from further ill-conceived offensives. Indeed the videos show just what a turkey shoot [sorry] it was. But at the same time, you wouldn’t necessarily want to rub the Turks’ face in the fact you had caused them 2 KIA and 5 WIA. So what would you do?

You would give it to Syrians to release and bill as their own. 

That’s a nice conjecture and all but is there any indication that is indeed what happened? I’m glad you asked, actually, there is.

You know how the internet figured out the warplane a group of Turkish commandos was firing a MANPAD at during the battle must have been Russian? Well, it turns out the Turkish tanks that were hit (for the loss of 2 crew) were just 100 meters away from these commandos:

So yeah, either all that is one big coincidence or it wasn’t only the Turks firing at the Russians, but also the other way around.

And remember the Russian military did state it joined the battle at the Syrians’ request and destroyed 5 technicals, 6 APCs and 1 tank. Rebels have a few (Russian-made T-55, T-72, T-90) tanks in Idlib as a whole, but not necessarily in Nairab, and none can be seen in the airstrikes footage (only US-made M60s).

Turkey and Russia both have reasons to pretend the Turkish armor was not taken out by Russia when that’s where all the video material points to. (Meanwhile, we don’t even have a good video confirmation the Syrians were even flying that day.)

This is similar to 2016 when Moscow pretended it was satisfied with Erdogan’s fairy-tale that he had nothing to do with the 2015 shoot-down of the Russian Su-24 by a Turkish F-16 in which one of the Russian pilots was killed.

  1. Jesus says

    On the same basis, Russia can provide Syria with upgraded MiG 29’s flown by Russian pilots with Syrian insignias to establish a credible no fly zone over Idlib, in addition to the S300 and other air defense assets.

  2. David Chu says

    Somehow I highly doubt the Syrians are that sophisticated in taking aerial (or maybe satellite) videos of these air strikes. Are these videos real videos from this last Thursday’s air strikes?

    1. ArcAngel says

      RUFKM…Get a clue… This is Drone Warfare in the 21st Century… Not Vietnam. The skies over Syria are inundated with Chinese (DJI) drones.

  3. Canosin says

    never trust a Turkey…..except on Thanksgiving…….when nicely stuffed and roasted

    1. Хасен Жасем Халфет says

      are you saying “a good Turkey is a well cooked Turkey” ?

      Sorry I had to XD

  4. Mary E says

    Tit for Tat….whatever it takes for Russia to assist Syria!
    Turkey is playing the ends against the middle here and they will eventualy regret their

  5. mike hutchings says

    thank you for this site….there is no Syrian news in the MSM….WHICH IS JUST AS WELL SINCE THEY ARE LIARS

    1. ArcAngel says

      Turn East for the ONLY updated news on Syria… “Anna News”, “R&U Videos” and “Sana News”. These news agencies are the only ones with actual “war correspondents in the field.
      There are a couple of Middle Eastern news sites rumoured to be “in country”, but so far as I can see… they only hang out with the psychopathic, murderous, baby killers and child rapist (no not the US) head choppers. Most ‘western’ propagandists spew bullshit about Syria, from the safety of Tel Aviv. Cheers

      1. mike hutchings says

        thank you….

  6. ArcAngel says

    An true Orwellian War. Oh the insanity.
    Great work, as usual, by Russia’s ANNA News (War Correspondent Orleg is amazing, and so are his fellow Ru Correspondents), R&U Videos (for extra video and translations- truly Yeoman’s works) and SANA News. . . .
    This is truly a DEMONIC Clusterfuk of epic proportions. Russia and Turkey shooting/killing each other, and yet still conducting “Patrols” in the North. Turkey and Syria shooting/killing each other, and yet the so-called Turkish “Observation Post”, behind Syrian Lines are allowed to be re-supplied daily. Then there is the satanic blood lusting US and all of its vile insanity.
    So far the “best” insanity has been the SAA’s artillery attack on a Turkish Supply Convoy (w/ armour) 2 wks ago, and when the Turks had a shitfit and complained to Moscow, the reply from Syria was “sorry, we thought the convoy was ‘al Queda”….
    Now that is some classic “Dark Humour”…
    And I thought Vietnam was a ROYAL clusterfuk…
    SE Asia has nothing on this demonic insanity.

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