BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:40 P.M.) – As the Russian air group in Syria continues its strategic bombing campaign against militant forces throughout various provinces in the rebel-held northwest of the country, new focus has been placed on a key jihadist-occupied city near the Turkish border.
Today, the jihadist stronghold of Jisr ash-Shughur in southwestern Idlib province came under heavy air attack by Russian jets which targeted militant positions and convoy movements around the city.
According to sources, a flight of four Russian Su-25 ground attack aircraft carried out some 14 pinpoint rocket strikes in a matter of minutes.
Opposition film crews caught part of the Russian air raid on camera, releasing the footage over social media.
Jisr ash-Shughur serves as key communication hub for the transiting of rebel forces into the north parts of Latakia province. The city was captured from the Syrian Arab Army by Salafist militias in April 2015. As of late-summer 2017, the Al-Qaeda-linked Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham terrorist group and the Turkistan Islamic Party jihadist faction share joint rule over it.