On August 5, the Russian Aerospace Forces resumed its combat operations against militants in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib.
A series of Russian airstrikes targeted militants’ positions around the town of al-Bara in the southern Idlib countryside as well as in the surroundings of the town of Kabani in the northern countryside of Lattakia.
Al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the de-facto ruler of Greater Idlib, maintains a strong presence in both towns.
الطائرات الحربية الروسية تشن غارات جوية اليوم الخميس 5 آب، تستهدف محيط بلدة #البارة جنوبي #إدلب، كما تعرضت قرية #المشيك في سهل الغاب لقصف مدفعي مصدره ميليشيات النظام وروسيا#جبل_الزاوية_تحت_القصف #السوريون_يطلبون_الحماية_الدولية pic.twitter.com/DNLvndlzeu
— Fattum Abdulfattah (@fattumabdulfat1) August 5, 2021
— الثورة السورية #درعا (@SyrianRevolutin) August 5, 2021
— شبكة عاجل سوريا (@syria55s) August 5, 2021
غارات من الطيران الحربي الروسي تستهدف تلال الكبينة بريف اللاذقية الشمالي pic.twitter.com/Pw8zuceZiX
— عاطف العثمان Atif📷 (@atif781Osman) August 5, 2021
The Russian airstrikes coincided with heavy artillery strikes by the Syrian Arab Army on militants’ positions in different parts of Grater Idlib.
Moreover, SAA snipers shot and killed two militants in the al-Zawiya Mount in the southern Idlib countryside. The slain militants were identified as Abu Musa’b Kawkaba from Idlib and Abu Abdulrahman Maldives from the Maldives. Both were special forces fighters in HTS’ Abu Baker al-Siddiq Brigade.
Abu Abdul Rahman Maldives [left] and Abu Musab Kawkabah [right] of HTS were killed in al-Zawiyah Mount by SAA snipers. pic.twitter.com/nNxayHlqbC
— Within Syria (@WithinSyriaBlog) August 5, 2021
HTS and its allies violate the ceasefire in Greater Idlib, which was brokered by Russia and Turkey last year, on a daily basis.
The ceasefire in the region is barely holding up. Nevertheless, a large-scale confrontation between the SAA and the militants seems unlikely, at least as for the time being.
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