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.
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.