BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:55 A.M.) – At midnight, the Russian Aerospace Forces unleashed a flurry of airstrikes over the Idlib countryside, hitting several jihadist targets near the Turkish border.
According to a military source in Damascus, the Russian Aerospace Forces specifically targeted the border-towns of Al-Ghassaniyah, Al-Aliyah, Al-Duribat, and Jisr Al-Shughour.
These four towns in western Idlib currently have a large presence of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) fighters, making them a top priority for the Russian Aerospace Forces.
Recently, the Russian Aerospace Forces have turned their attention to Jisr Al-Shughour, following failed talks with the Turkish military regarding the transfer of the town to the Syrian government.
Due to Jisr Al-Shughour’s proximity to Latakia and the Hmaymim Airbase, the Russian Aerospace Forces have begun pressuring Turkey to expel the jihadists in the area.