Turkey has sent an additional 20 tanks to an armored brigade stationed at western Turkish-Syrian border.
Turkey earlier today also said, that it will be increasing the number of F-16s from 12 to 18 patrolling the border.
The Anadolu news agency reports that the Turkish authorities have sent tanks to its border with Syria.
Accompanied by police and gendarmes, 20 tanks were sent by rail from Turkey's western provinces by railway to Gaziantep in the south of the country, and then redirected to the Syrian border," Anadolu news agency quoted a military source as saying Wednesday.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergie Lavrov met French President Francois Hollande earlier in the day. Sergie in a press conference said that the French President put forth an idea to close down the Syrian border.
“I think this is a good suggestion. I think that President Hollande will tell us about this more in detail tomorrow. We would be ready to seriously review measures necessary for this…Many say that in closing the border, we would stop or sever the terrorist threat in Syria,” Lavrov was quoted as saying by the agency.
Turkish F-16 might have used a Raytheon AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missile to bring down the Russian Su-24 fighter. Russian President Vladimir Putin was quoted as saying that the aircraft was hit by an Air-to-air missile by Tass news agency
Russian aviation group in Syria has doubled aircraft fleet to 69 aircraft involved in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIL). "In accordance with your instructions, the [Russian] Armed Forces are carrying out a retaliation operation to destroy the leaders of terrorist organizations and their supporters, disorganize their control and logistics systems, as well as destroy ISIL military and oil and gas infrastructure," Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu was quoted as saying in a report to President Vladimir Putin by Sputnik news daily Thursday
Russian long range Raduga Kh-101 cruise missile mounted on the Tu-160 strategic bombers was spotted a footage released by the Country's MOD. The Kh-101 could have been launched from Russian territory and hit targets in Syria but land-based launching systems for the new missile have not been developed yet, Sputnik News said quoting a Russian defence analyst
Russia has deployed heavy artillery and MRL reinforcements to Syria after several 130mm shells were fired by the Syrian rebel groups outside Latakia. Russia has transferred two types of heavy weapons systems by sea and by air to the front near Latakia in the past two days, Debkafile reported Monday
Russia will resort to electronic warfare to protect its aircraft from being struck by air-to-air missiles. In retaliation to the downing of its Su-24 fighter jet November 24, Russia has also issued sanctions against Turkey
A Russian jet that entered about a mile into Israeli airspace by mistake was not shot down due to an open communication system between the two nations unlike what happened in Turkey last week. “The plane entered about a mile into Israeli airspace by “mistake” and immediately turned around back to Syria when the Russians were notified,” Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon was quoted as saying by Dawn Sunday
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