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DECEMBER 2020

New Video Shows Loitering Munition In Action Against Greater Idlib Militants

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Al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) has ordered its militants in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib to hide from Russian warplanes.

“Cancel all unnecessary gatherings, distribute personnel within headquarters and gatherings, camouflage positions, especially the military ones, don’t allow reconnaissance aircraft to spot you and deploy equipment and vehicles in a safe manner,” the order, which was issued on October 31, reads.

The order was issued following a series of pinpoint strikes that hit militants’ positions in the southern and northern countrysides of Idlib.

The strikes, which were carried out with loitering munitions, destroyed at least one U.S.-made M114 howitzer and killed three militants of the Ahrar al-Sham Movement.

A video showing the moment when one of the loitering munitions hit its target in Greater Idlib surfaced on social media late on October 31.

This type of loitering munitions was used last July in a strike on an HTS-affiliated fuel trafficking company based in northern Idlib.

Some activists said the loitering munitions were launched by Russian forces. However, others believe that they were deployed by the Syrian Arab Army or Iranian forces. None of these claims have been confirmed yet.

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