On Sunday morning, the Russian Air Force continued its massive aerial campaign over the Al-Rastan Plains in the Homs Governorate’s northern countryside, targeting both the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” and their allies from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) inside the cities of Talbiseh, Al-Rastan, and ‘Umm Sharshouh.
According to a military source inside the provincial capital of Homs, the Russian Air Force carried out a dozen airstrikes on Saturday and another five airstrikes on Sunday morning, as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) continue to concentrate their soldiers along the western axis of the Al-Rastan Plains.
The source added that the Syrian Arab Army and National Defense Forces have begun firing a barrage of mortar shells and rockets into the cities of Talbiseh and Al-Rastan in order to weaken the defenses of Jabhat Al-Nusra and the Free Syrian Army inside these rebel strongholds.
Whenever the National Defense Forces and the Syrian Arab Army decide to begin their full-scale assault on the Al-Rastan Plains, the Russian Air Force will play an integral role in this battle due to the rugged terrain surrounding the Islamist rebel defenses and the anti-tank TOW missiles in the possession of the Free Syrian Army.
If the Syrian Armed Forces do capture the Al-Rastan Plains; this will leave the Al-Wa’er District of Homs City completely isolated from any rebel supply line in the province.