On Tuesday morning, the Russian Air Force began a large-scale aerial campaign over the provincial capital of the Aleppo Governorate, marking the first time that they have targeted the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” and their allies from the Free Syrian Army (FSA), Jabhat Al-Shamiyah, and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham along this volatile front in northern Syria.
According to a military source in the Aleppo Governorate, the Russian Air Force carried out three airstrikes over the strategically located Scientific Research Facility inside the Al-Rashideen Quarter of the provincial capital; this propelled the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the predominately Palestinian “Al-Quds Brigade” to advance into the eastern perimeter of the building.
The Russian Air Force did not stop there: following the airstrikes over the Scientific Research Facility in the Al-Rashideen Quarter, the Russians struck Jabhat Al-Nusra’s positions inside the village of Mansoura; this resulted in the destruction of four armored vehicles and a militant hideout at the Mansoura-New Aleppo axis.
Topping off their successful air raids in western Aleppo, the Russian Air Force conducted six more airstrikes at KhanAl-‘Assal, Kafr Da’el, the Artillery Battalion Base and the Al-Samourat Factory.
In total, the Russian Air Force carried out 13 airstrikes over the Islamist rebel factions inside west Aleppo on Tuesday; this area was primary focus for the Russian Air Force in northern Syria.