BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – Two videos have been released showing the entire course of a so-called ‘hunter-killer’ mission being carried out by Russian warplanes against jihadist-led militias over the skies of northwest Syria.

As the first video shows, a pair of Russian A-50 airborne early warning and control (AWACS) aircraft can be seen making a reconnaissance pass, using sophisticated sensors to scan the terrain for embedded militant positions and track rebel radio traffic. This ‘hunter’ tactic is done to provide accurate targeting coordinates for follow-up airstrikes.

The second video (below) represents the ‘killer’ phase of the mission, showing a Russian warplane delivering a strike onto a target as designated by the A-50s which flew over the combat sector earlier on.

Despite the declared ‘withdrawal’ of Russian forces from Syria two week ago, endless footage captured from heavily embattled regions like Hama and Idlib since then stands witness to the fact the Russian combat aircraft remain highly active over the country’s skies.

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