The Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF) dealt a powerful blow to the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” on Tuesday, as they carried out a number of airstrikes near the Turkish border-city of ‘Azaz, resulting in the destruction of up-to 24 armored vehicles on the Gaziantep-‘Azaz Highway (D-850).
According to a military source, the Syrian Air Force Intelligence received information from a source at the Turkish border, who provided details regarding the militant group’s movements before they launched this vicious assault in the northern Syrian city of ‘Azaz.
As a result of this aerial assault, Jabhat Al-Nusra’s reinforcements suffered a substantial hit that obstructed the movement of their forces to the battlefront in southern Aleppo; this highway was used to transport supplies to the Islamist rebels operating around the province.
The convoy’s final destination was unknown to the SAAF pilots who carried out the assault on Jabhat Al-Nusra; however, it is believed that these reinforcements were meant to join forces with the Islamist fighters besieging the northern Aleppo village of Bashkoy.
Jabhat Al-Nusra has continuously attempted to reinforce their fighters entrenched near the northern Aleppo villages of Handarat, Bashkoy, and Duway Al-Zeitoun; however, the SAAF has monitored all movements on the vast Hareetan Highway in order to obstruct any Nusra fighters from reaching their destination.
With Jabhat Al-Nusra besieging multiple areas in the Aleppo Governorate, the SAAF has exponentially increased the number of airstrikes they have executed inside the province in the last 48 hours.
On Tuesday, the SAA launched a total of 76 airstrikes around the Aleppo Governorate – the majority of airstrikes targeted the Hareetan Highway and rebel movements near Tal Rifa’at.