Last month in the Latakia Governorate’s northern countryside, the Turkish Air Force committed a fatal error inside this coastal province when they decided to shoot down a Russian SU-24 fighter jet that was flying over the Turkmen Mountains.
The Turkish Government alleged they repeatedly warned the Russian fighter jet that it was violating Turkish airspace before they made the decision to shoot it down via their F-16 warplane; however, Russian military officials later revealed that the Russian SU-24 was actually shot down while it was operating inside Syria’s borders.
Since this turbulent confrontation in northern Syria, the Russian Federation has struck back against the Turkish regime with an increase of aerial activity on the Turkish-Syrian border and an influx of airstrikes over the Turkmen Mountains (Jabal Al-Turkmen).
As a result of their increased aerial activity in the Latakia Governorate, the Russian Air Force has propelled the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies across several kilometres of territory that was previously under the control of the Turkish-backed Islamist rebels for nearly three years.
On Wednesday, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade of the Republican – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF), the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), and Muqawama Souri (Syrian Resistance) – imposed full control over the strategic mountains of Jabal Al-Nuba and the imperative hilltops of Point 793 and Shayr Al-Sahaab that overlook the Idlib Governorate.
The Russian Federation has delivered its most effective response to the Turkish regime for downing their fighter jet, by propelling the Syrian Arab Army; and in truth, this has proven to be the most damaging response yet.
The Turkish Army has been forced to witness the Syrian Arab Army capture large parts of northern Latakia and the Turkish border, unable to respond as the Russians closely watch, well-armed with their anti-aircraft missiles.