Recently, the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF) has been far more calculated and precise with their air raids, striking the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) and the Syrian Al-Qaeda faction “Jabhat Al-Nusra” with a flurry of airstrikes that have deterred these Islamist groups from traveling across Syria’s rugged terrain.
For the Syrian Air Force and Syrian Arab Army’s Central Command; this aerial success could not come at a better time for their embattled military, as the numerous offensives launched by the Islamist groups in Syria have left them at the mercy of their enemy.
The tactical precision behind these powerful air raids is due in large part to their Russian military advisors, who have provided the SAA’s Central Command with detailed intelligence reports and satellite imagery that was not available to the Syrian Air Force prior to their arrival earlier this month.
On Monday morning, the Russian military advisors proved valuable once again, as the Syrian Air Force launched a series of airstrikes above the ISIS-controlled province of Al-Raqqa.
However, unlike previous attacks, the Syrian Air Force struck the terrorist group in a number of areas that were relatively untouched, leaving ISIS with breathing room to operate in the Al-Raqqa countryside.
The Syrian Air Force struck ISIS’ recently constructed power lines at the Al-Thala’a Camp in Al-Raqqa, destroying the terrorist groups electrical grids, while also killing an estimated 25 combatants housed in a building nearby.
Following their initial attack at the Al-Thala’a Camp, Russian intelligence reports and satellite imagery provided the Syrian Air Force with information regarding an ISIS battalion made up of 45 predominately Azeri fighters; this base was destroyed by the Syrian Air Force on Monday afternoon.
Finally, to add the icing on the cake, the Syrian Air Force struck a textile factory that turned into an ISIS IED (improvised explosive device) factory; this attack created a large cloud of yellow smoke after the bombs triggered the explosives in the factory to go off.
According to a military source, the airstrikes above Al-Raqqa on Monday proved to be the Syrian Air Force’s most successful series of attacks against the terrorist group since ISIS seized the provincial capital from the Free Syrian Army and Jabhat Al-Nusra in late 2013.