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Russian Air Force launches powerful retaliatory strikes over Idlib

The Russian Air Force responded to last week’s attack against their military police in western Idlib by launching a number of strikes over the governorate on Sunday.

According to a field report from neighboring Hama, the Russian Air Force launched at least a half dozen strikes against the jihadist rebels in Idlib.https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads?client=ca-pub-6569888987373952&output=html&h=300&adk=3977366636&adf=565799116&w=360&lmt=1598899307&num_ads=1&rafmt=1&armr=3&sem=mc&pwprc=8444568826&psa=1&guci=2.2.0.0.2.2.0.0&ad_type=text_image&format=360×300&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.almasdarnews.com%2Farticle%2Frussian-air-force-launches-powerful-retaliatory-strikes-over-idlib%2F&flash=0&fwr=1&pra=3&rh=260&rw=312&rpe=1&resp_fmts=3&sfro=1&wgl=1&fa=27&adsid=NT&dt=1598899307071&bpp=9&bdt=1826&idt=-M&shv=r20200826&cbv=r20190131&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&cookie=ID%3D3c4643ad5ea18f01%3AT%3D1597076807%3AS%3DALNI_MYflNwEY5Qu-U5gwlaLMmERd83GTw&prev_fmts=360×300%2C360x300%2C336x280%2C360x300%2C0x0&nras=2&correlator=3086915617680&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=210231599.1596475763&ga_sid=1598899306&ga_hid=1001440096&ga_fc=0&iag=0&icsg=46451145035760&dssz=81&mdo=0&mso=0&u_tz=180&u_his=2&u_java=0&u_h=780&u_w=360&u_ah=780&u_aw=360&u_cd=24&u_nplug=0&u_nmime=0&adx=0&ady=1230&biw=360&bih=707&scr_x=0&scr_y=233&eid=21066393%2C21066973&oid=2&pvsid=4082370588313286&pem=439&ref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.almasdarnews.com%2F&rx=0&eae=0&fc=384&brdim=0%2C0%2C0%2C0%2C360%2C0%2C360%2C707%2C360%2C707&vis=1&rsz=%7C%7Cs%7C&abl=NS&fu=8320&bc=31&ifi=5&uci=a!5&btvi=4&fsb=1&xpc=RTEM6TOiBG&p=https%3A//www.almasdarnews.com&dtd=32

The Russian airstrikes came in response to the attack on a group of military police by the jihadists of Kataeb Khatib Al-Shishani, who claimed the previous ambush against a Turkish military contingent.

In addition to their airstrikes, the Russian military also utilized their reconnaissance aircraft to guide the artillery and missile units of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads?client=ca-pub-6569888987373952&output=html&h=300&adk=3977366636&adf=922349327&w=360&lmt=1598899307&num_ads=1&rafmt=1&armr=3&sem=mc&pwprc=8444568826&psa=1&guci=2.2.0.0.2.2.0.0&ad_type=text_image&format=360×300&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.almasdarnews.com%2Farticle%2Frussian-air-force-launches-powerful-retaliatory-strikes-over-idlib%2F&flash=0&fwr=1&pra=3&rh=260&rw=312&rpe=1&resp_fmts=3&sfro=1&wgl=1&fa=27&adsid=NT&dt=1598899307071&bpp=7&bdt=1826&idt=-M&shv=r20200826&cbv=r20190131&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&cookie=ID%3D3c4643ad5ea18f01%3AT%3D1597076807%3AS%3DALNI_MYflNwEY5Qu-U5gwlaLMmERd83GTw&prev_fmts=360×300%2C360x300%2C336x280%2C360x300%2C0x0%2C360x300&nras=3&correlator=3086915617680&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=210231599.1596475763&ga_sid=1598899306&ga_hid=1001440096&ga_fc=0&iag=0&icsg=46451145035760&dssz=82&mdo=0&mso=0&u_tz=180&u_his=2&u_java=0&u_h=780&u_w=360&u_ah=780&u_aw=360&u_cd=24&u_nplug=0&u_nmime=0&adx=0&ady=1842&biw=360&bih=707&scr_x=0&scr_y=233&eid=21066393%2C21066973&oid=2&pvsid=4082370588313286&pem=439&ref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.almasdarnews.com%2F&rx=0&eae=0&fc=384&brdim=0%2C0%2C0%2C0%2C360%2C0%2C360%2C707%2C360%2C707&vis=1&rsz=%7C%7Cs%7C&abl=NS&cms=2&fu=8320&bc=31&ifi=6&uci=a!6&btvi=5&fsb=1&xpc=DD50IOApbX&p=https%3A//www.almasdarnews.com&dtd=42

The Syrian Army launched heavy artillery and missile fire towards the jihadist defenses on Sunday, hitting a number of sites after the Russian drones revealed the locations of the militants.

Despite the alleged claims of a ceasefire in northwestern Syria, the situation around the Idlib front-lines remain unstable, as all parties continue to exchange hostilities at the strategic Jabal Al-Zawiya axis.