Pro-tip for al-Qaeda and its clones: Russia doesn't play nice with terrorists
On Sunday, Syrian state news agency SANA reported that two shells were fired at the Russian Embassy, one hitting the compound while the other fell nearby.
Every few months, foreign-backed Salafist weirdos in Syria decide that it would be a grand idea to try to shell the Russian Embassy.
Back in April, at least 20 artillery shells and rockets were fired at the embassy—although luckily no casualties were reported.
But it seems this time the Foreign Ministry wanted to make it very clear to the "moderate" rebels (and their sponsors) that Russia will continue to treat al-Qaeda and its affiliates with traditional Russian hospitality:
On July 16, there was an attempted mortar attack on the Russian Embassy in Damascus. Two mortar shells launched supposedly from the district of Jobar in Damascus controlled by Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (former Jabhat al-Nusra) and Faylaq Al-Rahman exploded not far from the external perimeter of the embassy. Fortunately, there were no casualties or damage.
We strongly condemn terrorist raids against the Russian diplomatic mission and the peaceful neighbourhoods of Damascus. Russia’s principled approach to the determined and uncompromising combat with the terrorists in Syria will continue. Once again, we urge the international community to consolidate efforts, based on the international legal framework, to more quickly eradicate the dangerous terrorist hotbed in Syria and the region overall.
We especially appreciated the "uncompromising" bit. What exactly did HTS hope to gain from this half-baked attack? Did they think it would make Russia rethink its presence in Syria?
The head-choppers never learn, do they?
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