Russia claims U.S. behind drone attacks on its Syrian bases

The Russian government has accused the United States of providing navigational assistance to militant forces attacking its Syrian bases with drones.

In recent days the Russian Defense Ministry claimed that its forces downed seven drones and forced another six to land before they inflicted any damage as they attempted to attack he Hemeimeem air base and a naval facility in Tartus.

The ministry said such attacks could not have taken place without the assistance of satellite navigation technology, a statement many say was directed at Washington.

Though no specific country was named, the ministry said data for the attacks could only have been obtained “from one of the countries that possesses know-how in satellite navigation.”

The statement said that Russian forces noted the “strange coincidence” of a U.S. military intelligence plane flying over the Mediterranean near the two Russian bases at the moment of the attack.

The Pentagon has denied any involvement in the attacks.

“Any suggestion that U.S. or coalition forces played a role in an attack on a Russian base is without any basis in fact and is utterly irresponsible,” said Marine Maj. Adrian Rankine-Galloway, a Pentagon spokesman. [source]

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Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.

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