For the second day in a row, the Russian Air Force carried out a number of airstrikes in northwestern Syria, targeting the conglomerate of Al-Qaeda factions dubbed “Jaysh Al-Fateh” (Army of Conquest) inside the provinces of Idlib, Homs, and Hama.
The Russian Air Force pounded Jaysh Al-Fateh’s second largest faction “Jabhat Al-Nusra” (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) inside the Homs Governorate cities of Talbieseh and Al-Rastan before they concentrated their remaining airstrikes on the Al-Ghaab Plains of the Hama Governorate and the Islamist-controlled province of Idlib.
Wave after wave of airstrikes pounded the city of Kafr Zita and the Al-Ghaab Plains of the Hama Governorate, as the Russian Air Force targeted Jabhat Al-Nusra’s positions with frightening ferocity and remarkable precision.
To conclude their day strikes in northwestern Syria, the Russian Air Force bombarded the Jabhat Al-Nusra controlled towns of Kafr Nabl, Kafr Sijnah, and Al-Rakaya, while tag-teaming with the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF) to attack the imperative city of Jisr Al-Shughour on the Latakia border.
Following a relatively quiet sundown, the Russian Air Force illuminated the Syrians night-sky after taking off from the Hmamiyat Airfields at the Bassel Al-Assad Airport in order to fly eastward; however, this time, their target was the vast desert territory controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) and their affiliates.
The Russian Air Force would carry out 11 airstrikes over the ISIS capital of Al-Raqqa, 2 airstrikes over the strategic Shadadi-Hasakah Highway, and 3 airstrikes inside the city of Al-Mayadeen in the Deir Ezzor Governorate before returning to the Bassel Al-Assad Airport in the Jableh District of Latakia.
According to a military source stationed in the Latakia Governorate, the Russian Air Force primarily focused on ISIS’ electrical grids outside the provincial capital of Al-Raqqa, while also striking the terrorist group’s headquarters at the Tabaqa National Hospital.
These night raids by the Russian Air Force marked the first time that the latter has specifically targeted ISIS since the genesis of their aerial campaign inside Syria.