The Russian Air Force reemerged in the northern Latakia countryside on Friday morning after the jihadist rebels captured the strategic mountaintop town of Kinsibba from the Syrian Armed Forces.
According to an Al-Masdar field correspondent, the Russian and Syrian air forces conducted more than 100 airstrikes over Kinsibba, ‘Ayn Al-Quntara, ‘Ard Al-Wuta, and several small villages in northern Latakia on Friday.
These airstrikes were mostly conducted by the Russian Air Force, who was actually absent from the battlefield on Thursday night, despite the massive ground assault by Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group).
Prior to this large-scale jihadist offensive, the Russian Air Force was sporadically striking the northern Latakia countryside.
The Russian Air Force was concentrated on the jihadist supply routes from the Hatay Province of Turkey before the Syrian Arab Army lost Kinsibba; however, Thursday night’s attack has forced them to once again actively target northern Latakia.
With the reemergence of the Russian Air Force, the Syrian Arab Army will likely attempt to capitalize on these airstrikes by launching their own counter-offensive to recapture Kinsibba and its nearby villages.