DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:30 P.M.) – In adherence with the de-escalation agreement for the East Ghouta, the Russian Air Force has not conducted a single sortie against Islamist insurgents around the Damascus region for the last few months.
However, this all changed on Tuesday following a large-scale assault on the ‘Armored Vehicle Base’ by three Islamist factions (Ahrar Al-Sham, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, and Failaq Al-Rahman) on the perimeter of the Harasta neighborhood.
To punish Islamist forces for breaking the ceasefire, the Russian Air Force carried out over 10 pinpoint strikes on Madera and Harasta, both used by the aforementioned groups to mobilize for their assault on the Armored Vehicle Base, a key fortification under Syrian Arab Army (SAA) control that bulges somewhat threateningly into the East Ghouta.
While Syrian warplanes provided the largest hammering on Tuesday, photos showing the aftermath of renewed Russian airstrikes reveal the explosive ferocity which Moscow responded with:
On Wednesday, Russian jets were spotted roaming over the skies above the East Ghouta, ready to conduct new sorties in case Islamist groups were mobilizing for another attack.