Russian fighters carried out a large-scale airstrike over Syria’s Hama province
DAMASCUS, (BM) – The Russian Air Force launched several strikes over northwestern Syria on Wednesday, as their warplanes heavily targeted sites belonging to the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) and Hurras Al-Deen group, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
According to a field source in the Hama Governorate, the Russian Air Force began the day by heavily targeting the Turkestan Islamic Party’s positions in the northeastern countryside of Latakia.
The Russian Air Force primarily concentrated their strikes on the town of Kabani, which is controlled by the foreign jihadist group.
Following the strikes over Latakia, the Russian Air Force expanded their attack to the southern countryside of Idlib.
The source said the Russian Air Force heavily targeted the Jabal Al-Zawiya region, which is located in the southern and central countrysides of the Idlib Governorate.
The strikes on the Jabal Al-Zawiya region struck the jihadist positions near the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) front-lines, resulting in heavy damage to the militant defenses.
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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