DAMASCUS, SYRIA (7:30 A.M.) – The Russian Air Force continued its large-scale bombing campaign inside the Idlib Governorate on Thursday, killing a group of high-ranking commanders from Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham (formerly Al-Nusra Front).
These powerful airstrikes were carried out by the Russian Air Force’s Su-33 carrier based fighter jets that flew directly from the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean Sea.
“As a result of strikes delivered by Su-33 carrier-based fighter jets and air group of the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, a large gang of the Jabhat al-Nusra group was destroyed in the province of Idlib,”Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said Thursday.
Konashenkov claimed that as many as 30 militants, including three high-ranking field commanders, were killed during the powerful attack on Monday morning
Konashenkov said the “well-known” commanders were Muhammad Helala, Abu Jaber Harmuja and Abul Baha Al-Asfari.
“Eliminated field commander Abul Baha al-Asfari was in charge of uniting the remaining reserves of Jabhat al-Nusra groupings in the provinces of Aleppo and Hama, as well as of planning and carrying out another militant attack on Aleppo,” Konashenkov said.