Syrian and Russian warplanes carried out a series of airstrikes on militants’ positions in the so-called Greater Idlib region in the country’s northwest.
According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), Russian warplanes carried out 40 airstrikes, while Syrian warplanes and attack helicopters conducted 54 airstrikes.
The Syrian and Russian airstrikes targeted the following areas:
- The towns of Hass, Maarrat Dibsah, Abu Jurif, Khan Assubul, Sarjah, Talmenes, Hantoteen, Ehsim, Deir Sunbul, Ma’ar Shoreen, Kafar Roma, al-Ghadfa, Benin as well as the cities of Saraqip and Ma`arat al-Nu`man in the eastern and southeastern Idlib countryside.
- The towns of Mansoura, Khan Al-Asal, Anadan, Khan Tuman, Ma’arat al-Artiq, Kafr Naha, Umm Ataba, the areas of al-Rashideen and ICARDA as well as Base 46 in the northwestern, western and southwestern Aleppo countryside.
A day earlier, more than 140 Syrian and Russian airstrikes targeted Greater Idlib. One of the airstrikes wiped out a large militants’ headquarters in the outskirt of Aleppo city.
The intense airstrikes on Greater Idlib suggest that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) may soon launch a large-scale ground operation in the region. Such an operation could help deter or even neutralize terrorist groups there.