The Russian Air Force pulverized the Islamist rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group), and Jabhat Al-Islamiyah (Islamic Front) with dozens of airstrikes on Wednesday, destroying a number of sites belonging to the latter groups in the Aleppo, Al-Raqqa, Deir Ezzor, Idlib, Hama, Latakia and Homs Governorate’s of northern Syria.
According to a military source in the Latakia Governorate, the Russian Air Force conducted over 16 airstrikes inside the Idlib Governorate, striking Jabhat Al-Nusra and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham at the cities of Jisr Al-Shughour, Al-Mastouma, Ma’arat Al-Nu’man, Saraqib, and a number of small villages in Jabal Al-Zawiyah and Jabal Al-‘Arba’een.
The source added that the Russian Air Force’s SU-24 fighter jets and MI-24 Hind Helicopter Gunships destroyed an armament and ammunitions depot near the Islamist rebel stronghold of Jisr Al-Shughour; this was followed by a number of airstrikes that hit the Islamist rebels at the Idlib-Latakia border.
Meanwhile, near the Turkish border, the Russian Air Force’s SU-24 and SU-25 fighter jets hit both the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) and Jabhat Al-Nusra inside the Aleppo Governorate, striking the aforementioned Islamist groups at the cities of Harateen, Al-Bab, Deir Hafer, Rityan, Manbej, and Tal Rifa’at.
The Russian Air Force spent much of Wednesday targeting ISIS inside the Al-Raqqa Governorate’s provincial capital and its surrounding area, striking the Tabaqa National Hospital (ISIS’ Headquarters), the Tabaqa Military Airport (ISIS’ main base), and the Al-Rusafa Training Camp.
In addition to their airstrikes in the aforementioned provinces, the Russian Air Force also struck the Islamist rebels and ISIS at the Deir Ezzor, Homs, Hama, and Latakia Governorates of Syria; these airstrikes helped propel the Syrian Armed Forces across the country.