BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 A.M.) – The Russian Aerospace Forces entered the battle for southwest Syria this past weekend, despite several warnings from the U.S. State Department.

Not long after entering the battle for southwest Syria, the Russian Aerospace Forces began conducting nonstop airstrikes over the northeastern countryside of the Dara’a Governorate.

These airstrikes provided the Syrian Arab Army much needed assistance and eventually paved the way for their large-scale advance over the weekend.

Since the Russian Aerospace Forces entered the battle, the Syrian Arab Army has captured nine towns from the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham.

The Russian airstrikes have also forced the jihadist rebels in northeast Dara’a to reconsider their fight against the government, with some factions already defecting to the Syrian Arab Army.

As of Saturday, the Russian Aerospace Forces have launched over 60 airstrikes above northeast Dara’a, with the vast majority of their strikes targeting the strategic town of Busra Al-Harir.

Below is a video of the joint Russian-Syrian airstrikes over Busra Al-Harir:

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