Russian and Syrian air forces launched strikes inside the Hama and Idlib
DAMASCUS, (BM) – The Russian and Syrian air forces intensified their flights over the Idlib Governorate on Tuesday, as they respond to the latest attacks by the jihadist forces in the Al-Ghaab Plain, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
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According to a field report from northwestern Syria, the Russian and Syrian air forces launched strikes inside the Hama and Idlib governorates, with the primary target being the militant forces along the front-lines.
The report said the Russian and Syrian warplanes heavily target the whereabouts of the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP), Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), and Hurras Al-Deen, which are the primary jihadist groups in northwest Syria.
These airstrikes by the Russian and Syrian air forces come just hours after the Hurras Al-Deen launched a powerful attack on the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions near the town of Tanjara in the Al-Ghaab Plain.
The attack resulted in heavy losses for the Hurras Al-Deen group, who later withdrew their forces following the arrival of Syrian Arab Army reinforcements and Russian airstrikes.
In February, Turkey lost at least 62 troops killed in Syria, nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, dozens of Turkish armored vehicles were destroyed and more than ten drones, including drone, were shot down. Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of involvement in the deaths of Turkish soldiers, Russia rejects these allegations.
In early March, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, concluded an agreement according to which a ceasefire came into force in the Idlib de-escalation zone.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad later said that if the US and Turkish military did not leave the country, Damascus would be able to use force.
The reason for the Russian-Turkish negotiations was a sharp aggravation of the situation in Idlib, where in January a large-scale offensive by the Syrian army against the positions of the armed opposition and terrorists began.
Government forces recaptured nearly half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and left behind a number of Turkish observation posts. After that, Ankara sharply increased its military contingent in the region and launched the operation “Spring Shield” to push the Syrian troops. Turkey is also supported by militants loyal to it.
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