On Tuesday morning, the Russian Air Force reportedly transported five more fighter jets to the Syrian coastal city of Tartous in what looks to be the beginning stages of their aerial campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) and their affiliates.
For the last two weeks, the Russian Air Force has conducted a number of reconnaissance flights above the provinces of Deir Ezzor, Al-Hasakah, Al-Raqqa, Aleppo, Al-Sweida, Damascus, and Homs; this was an attempt by the Russians to gather a physical visual of the terrorist group’s positions around Syria’s vast desert landscape.
In addition to their reconnaissance flights, the Russian Air Force has relied on their satellite imagery to capture the terrorist group’s movements along their main supply routes that stretch from the northwestern Syrian province of Aleppo to the Iraqi province of Al-‘Anbar; this has helped them pinpoint ISIS’ locations inside Syria.
According to a military source in the Latakia Governorate, the Russian Air Force has positioned themselves to begin airstrikes in a number of Syrian provinces, including Deir Ezzor, Al-Hasakah, Aleppo, Homs, and Al-Raqqa; these are the same provinces that the U.S. led “Anti-ISIS Coalition” are currently bombarding.
Despite the U.S.’ agitation and criticism, Russia is going through with their planned aerial campaign, which will ultimately lead to a battle of “who is more effective” in their fight against ISIS.