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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.

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The Russians shouldn’t wait for the Turks to do anything. They should just MOAB the foreign jihadis in Jisr Al-Shughour.

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I have to agree, but as these attacks were against Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) fighters…….could that possibly annoy the Turks ?.

At the moment they (Russia and Turkey) seem to be working well together at the moment.

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Looks like a message to Erdogan: “Indirect support/shielding-by-presence to HTS may result in bombing whoever is there, even though they’re Turkish-aligned fighters. Either coordinate with us or gloves off” (esp. when Russian servicemen hang around the place)