BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 P.M.) – Russian and Syrian airpower has stepped up its attacks against Islamic State militants across territory held by the terrorist group in the country’s northwest – namely in the province of Hama.
The Russian Aerospace Forces and Syrian Arab Air Force are now shifting their focus away from attacking armed rebel groups in eastern Idlib province towards hitting ISIS in northeast Hama.
At the present time, the terrorist group maintains a bastion in northwest Syria – mostly based in Hama, but also very small parts of Aleppo and Idlib – that is over one thousand square kilometers in size and within which it possess about 100 towns and villages.
The region has been fully encircled by the Syrian Arab Army, thus already containing any further expansion by ISIS.
Furthermore, the Syrian Army and allied paramilitary groups have already made a number advances against the pocket over the last week, capturing about a dozen towns and villages – however, the real blow is yet to come.
Now, a new wave of sorties have been carried out by Russian and Syrian warplanes against Islamic State positions, bases, movements and gathering points – the goal is paralyze the terrorist group’s ability to mount an effective defense by limiting it tactical and operational mobility.