For the first time during this Syrian War, the Syrian and Russian Air Forces have coordinated airstrikes together against the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS), the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra”, the Free Syrian Army (FSA), Jabhat Al-Shamiyah, and Harakat Nour Al-Deen Al-Zinki inside the Aleppo Governorate.
According to a military source in the Aleppo Governorate, the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF) and their counterparts from the Russian Air Force launched a half dozen airstrikes each, attacking the Islamist rebels and ISIS at the Deir Hafer Plains and the cities of Al-Atareb, ‘Anadan, Gharb Al-Mansoura, and Al-Bab.
The Syrian military source added that the Syrian Air Force concentrated on the west Aleppo front (Gharb Al-Mansoura, ‘Anadan, and Al-Atareb), while their Russian counterparts attacked the eastern front (Al-Bab and the Deir Hafer Plains); this proved effective for both air forces, as it allowed them both the time to zero-in on a specific target inside this northern Syrian province.
This recent coordination in the Aleppo Governorate was likely due to the fact that the Russian Air Force has concentrated many of their fighter jets at the Al-Ghaab Plains in the Hama Governorate.
With a little over 30 fighter jets inside Syria, the Russian Air Force has to allocate their aerial assets appropriately because they are currently limited by their need to spread out the airstrikes.