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Russian Airstrikes Hit Militant Stronghold, Rocket Launch Site In Greater Idlib (Video)

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Russian Airstrikes Hit Militant Stronghold, Rocket Launch Site In Greater Idlib (Video)

An Su-24 taking off from Hmeimim air base in 2015. IMAGE: Russian Ministry of Defense

The Russian Aerospace Forces continue to hammer militants’ positions in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib.

Late on September 2, Russian warplanes carried out a series of airstrikes on militants’ positions in the outskirts of the town of Kabani in the northern Lattakia countryside. The town is an infamous stronghold of al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the de-facto ruler of Greater Idlib, and several other terrorist groups.

On September 3, a new wave of Russian airstrikes destroyed a rocket launch site of the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army, a close ally of HTS, near the town of Kansafra in the southern countryside of Idlib.

Russian warplanes have been bombing militants’ positions in Greater Idlib for the last two weeks. The airstrikes appear to be a respond to the repeated attacks by HTS and its allies. The militants violate the ceasefire agreement in the region, which was brokered by Russia and Turkey on 5 March 2020, on a daily basis.

Earlier this week, a six-year-old girl was killed and seven other civilians were wounded when HTS and its allies shelled a number of government-held towns and villages in the northwestern countryside of Hama and the southern Idlib countryside.

The situation in Greater Idlib is far from being stable. Nevertheless, the chances of a military confrontation breaking out in the region remains slim.

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