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What has happened?

  • Russia said late Monday that it had killed “up to 200 terrorists” in Syria during airstrikes on a base northeast of Palmyra,
  • Where fighters were allegedly planning attacks ahead of presidential polls next month.

  • After confirming data through multiple channels on the location of terrorist facilities,
  • Russian Aerospace Forces aircraft carried out airstrikes,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

About the strike

  • Two hideouts were destroyed, up to 200 militants, 24 pickup trucks with large-caliber machine guns, as well as about 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds) of ammunition and components for creating improvised explosive
  • The statement neither specified the date of the strikes nor the group that was targeted.
  • It said that the target was a “camouflaged base” where “terrorist groups” organized attacks in Syria and manufactured explosives.
  • They were specifically planning “terrorist attacks and attacks on government agencies in large cities in order to destabilize the situation in the country ahead of the presidential elections in Syria.”

Presidential election

  • The vote, set to be held on May 26, is the second since the Syrian conflict erupted in 2011 with the repression of anti-Assad regime protests that has left more than 388,000 dead.
  • It is expected to keep Bashar Assad in power in the war-torn country.


  • The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported the airstrikes and said 26 IS militants were killed.
  • The Observatory said the raid might have been in response to the Islamic State group’s claims that it had killed two Russian soldiers in the desert.
  • Recently, Russian rights groups also highlighted Moscow’s role in Syria abusesin sharp criticism of its military activities.

Russia in Syria

  • Russia has waged a military campaign in Syria since 2015, helping President Bashar Assad’s government retake control over most of the country after a devastating 10-year conflict.
  • Russia has been a key ally of Assad’s regime throughout the war and Moscow’s military intervention in 2015 helped turn the tide of the fighting.

  • On Monday, the Russian defense ministry said that “terrorists” were being trained in several camps in areas not controlled by the Syrian regime, “including in the area of
  • Al-Tanf, which is controlled by the U.S. military.“
  • Moscow in February condemned U.S. strikes on Iran-backed militias in eastern Syria, demanding that Washington respect the country’s territorial integrity.

US in Syria

  • Washington had given weapons and military training to moderate rebel factionsfighting against government forces loyal to President Bashar Assad,
  • But the US ended military aid in 2017and later cut some $230 million (€198 million) in reconstruction aid.
  • The US has provided air support and weapons to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab forcesfighting against “Islamic State” (IS) militants in northern Syria.
  • The US has been leading an international coalition of nearly 60 countries, including Germany, targeting IS and other extremist groups.

US Vs Russia

  • While Moscow has said it is targeting IS and other terrorist groups,
  • US officials have repeatedly countered that claim by saying Russian airstrikes are primarily directed against non-IS rebel forces fighting the Assad government.
  • The Kremlin, meanwhile, has accused the US of using its campaign against IS as a way to slow Russian and Syrian government military advances.

Q) Syria become independent in the year 1945. It was under whose control before that?

  1. France
  2. Britain
  3. Portugal
  4. Lebanon




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