BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 A.M.) – Russian spy planes were seen flying above the jihadist positions along the demilitarized zone in the Idlib and Hama provinces this morning, a source told Al-Masdar News at approximately 7:30 A.M. (local time).
According to the military source, the Russian IL-20 spy plane was conducting flights early this morning around the demilitarized zone; they would often circle certain areas with a large presence of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham militants.
The Russian Air Force has been conducting these surveillance flights above the Idlib province for three-days straight.
The military source says the Russian Air Force is conducting these flights in order to gather new information about the jihadist rebels before the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launches their upcoming offensive.
The new Syrian Army operation will target the jihadist rebels that have refused to leave the Idlib buffer zone, despite repeated warnings by their forces and the Russian military.