On September 22, warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces carried out at least nine airstrikes on the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib.
The Russian airstrikes targeted positions of al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in the outskirts of the town of Kansafra in the southern countryside of Idlib. The terrorist group is the de-facto ruler of the region.
According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a militant of HTS was killed and several others were wounded as a result of the airstrikes.
جددت الطائرات الحربية الروسية غاراتها الجوية، صباح اليوم الأربعاء 22 أيلول، على مناطق شمال غربي #سوريا مستهدفة أطراف بلدة كنصفرة جنوبي #إدلب، فرقنا تفقدت المواقع المستهدفة وتأكدت من عدم وجود إصابات. #الخوذ_البيضاء pic.twitter.com/vaa2IAhf1f
— الدفاع المدني السوري (@SyriaCivilDefe) September 22, 2021
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Russian warplanes have been bombing Greater Idlib for over a month now in response to repeated ceasefire violations by HTS and its allies.
The ceasefire in Greater Idlib, which was brokered by Russia and Turkey on 5 March 2020, is barely holding up. Ankara is yet to fulfill its commitment under the ceasefire agreement.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Russia and meet with President Vladimir Putin on September 29. The situation in Greater Idlib will reportedly be the main topic of the one-day visit.
Recently, a number of reports talked of a near ground operation in Greater Idlib led by the Syrian Arab Army and backed by Russia. Such an operation could trigger Turkey who maintains a large force in the region. This issue may be behind the upcoming meeting between Putin and Erdogan.
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