Russia has reportedly deployed additional Special Forces units at frontlines in Syria following the Su-25 shootdown in the province of Idlib.
According to reports, Russia’s Special Operations Forces are now actively operating in the provinces of Hama, Aleppo and Idlib, at the frontline between the Syrian Arab Army and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) as well as in the province of Deir Ezzor.
A notable number of Russian military advisers has been recently spotted in the area of the Abu al-Duhur airbase in the province of Idlib.
Some pro-government sources link the growing military activity with the upcoming advance on the militant-held city of Idlib. The lack of Turkish airstrikes on YPG positions in northwestern Syria may also indicate that the Turkish Air Force had been politely limited in its operational space in Syria.