BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:35 P.M.) – Russian warplanes have attacked high-value targets belonging to Al-Qaeda affiliate militia Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham (better known by its former name Jabhat al-Nusra) in the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib with a series of precision airstrikes.
The strikes by Russian airpower have been conducted in response to the ongoing shelling of the besieged Shiite villages of Fouaa and Kafriyah – located just to the north of Idlib city – by Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham.
According to sources, Russian warplanes conducted at least five airstrikes against Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham bases, gatherings and headquarters inside Idlib city using laser guided munitions (some of the bunker buster variety).
Dozens of jihadist militants, some of them commanders, have been killed as a result of the bombardment.
A militant activist in Idlib city has captured footage showing the moment a 2,000 pound Russian guided bomb struck a headquarters center belonging to Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham.