BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 A.M.) – The Russian Air Force carried out a series of airstrikes over the Idlib Governorate last night, marking the first time in several weeks that they have targeted this province in northwestern Syria.

Led by an air squadron from the Hmeimim Airport in Latakia, the Russian jets repeatedly struck the jihadist positions last night in the Jisr Al-Shughour District of Idlib.

According to a military source in the Latakia Governorate, the Russian Air Force  specifically targeted the positions of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Turkestan Islamic Party west of Jisr Al-Shughour city.

These airstrikes over the Idlib Governorate were mostly carried out by the Russian Air Force, with some participation from the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF), the source added.

The reason for the airstrikes is still unknown at this time because neither the Syrian nor Russian forces have commented on the attack.

Despite the absence of a statement, the Russian Air Force typically carries out airstrikes over this region when they have information about a major movement from the jihadist rebels.

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Long Live Syria
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Finally the Bear has woken Up. I for a while thought the Bear had taken a long break and gone into hibernation. Now no more Happy New Year for the Idlib head choppers.

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@Long Live Syria, no sleep, the bear just waited for info to be gathered and for the Jihadi to make political mistakes. The Jihadi were dumb enough to make the mistakes and got the bear’s New Years greetings.

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Excellent! A preliminary indication of the Russian’s intent to be involved in Idlib. That probably takes some pressure off the SAA and the SDF in Idlib but the question for the Kurds is what support can they expect in N. Syria against the massing Turkish presence there.

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Some support, but not much. The negotiations between the Russian and Turkish governments will involve the Turks having some freedom to conduct operations, but in return I suspect there will have to be Turkish concessions over Idlib. If the Russians are striking positions in Latakia, that is an indication of where the concessions will have to be made.