On Wednesday morning, Russia’s Federation Council voted unanimously in favor of their armed forces increasing their participation in Syria; this prompted the Russian Air Force to conduct 20 airstrikes above western Syria that were primarily concentrated on Jabhat Al-Nusra’s (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) positions inside the provinces of Latakia, Hama and Dara’a.

The Russian Air Force did not wait long to launch their long anticipated airstrikes above Syria; instead, they began their large-scale aerial campaign just two hours after the Federation Council approved their participation.

Unaware of the news of Russia’s imminent assault, Jabhat Al-Nusra was surprised with three powerful airstrikes from the Russian Air Force east of the predominately Armenian city of Kassab; this resulted in the destruction of an Al-Qaeda hideout and a half dozen armored vehicles that were located near the Turkish border.

However, this was just the start of the Russian onslaught: the Air Force would target Al-Qaeda’s positions at the hills of Deir Hanna and Jabal Al-Zaweed, while also attacking the terrorist group as far south as the city of Ghannam; these airstrikes were concentrated on the Jabhat Al-Nusra corridor that stretches along the Turkish border with this coastal province.

Following their airstrikes above Latakia, the Russian Air Force concentrated their efforts on the Jabhat Al-Nusra and Liwaa Suqour Al-Sham positions inside the northern Hama cities of Al-Lataminah and Kafr Zita; these airstrikes were in response to the continued Al-Qaeda attacks on the densely populated Syrian Christian city of Mhardeh.

The Russian Air Force would conclude their airstrikes above Syria at 7:30 P.M. (Damascus Time) with one last ferocious assault on the Islamist rebels in the Dara’a countryside.

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According to rebel social media activists, the Russian Air Force allegedly carried out an airstrike at the Jabhat Al-Nusra controlled city of Talbieseh inside the Homs Governorate; however, per a source in the Syrian Air Defense, the Russian Air Force did not participate in any airstrikes in the Homs Governorate on Wednesday.

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