The Russian Federation has authorized their Air Force to begin airstrikes in Syria after a unanimous vote by the People’s Council in favor of this military endeavor to combat the terrorist groups of the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) and the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra”.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Russian Air Force began wide operations in Syria’s western countryside to attack the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham inside the Latakia and Hama Governorates; these provinces would be the primary target for the Russian Air Force and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).
According to a military source in Latakia, the Russian Air Force bombarded the cities of Al-Lataminah and Kafr Zita inside the Hama Governorate; this was followed by a series of powerful airstrikes above the Latakia Governorate’s northeastern countryside, which ultimately led to the destruction of many Jabhat Al-Nusra sites in Jabal Al-Zaweed, Kassab, and Deir Hanna.
There have been reports of Russian airstrikes above the Homs Governorate from a number of news outlets; however, Al-Masdar News was unable to confirm if these rumors were true after inquiring about the airstrikes above the city of Talbieseh and its nearby surroundings.
Day one of the Russian airstrikes seemed to be focused on Al-Qaeda; but the Russian Air Force will likely prepare to attack the ISIS terrorists inside eastern Syria in the coming hours.