On February 3 of 2018, Major Filipov’s Su-25 was hit with what is presumed to be an anti-aircraft missile. After ejecting, Filiopv landed near the town of Saraqib in southern Idlib, where he found himself surrounded by terrorists.
Filiopv blew himself up with a hand grenade after engaging in a fierce battle with the terrorists, who attempted to capture him alive. Several terrorists were reportedly killed or injured in the battle.
RusVesna.SU said the airstrikes which took place late on February 3 targeted a training camp of al-Qaeda-affiliated Ajnad al-Kavkaz (AK) near the town of Armanaz in northwestern Idlib.
AK has more than 1,000 foreign fighters in Syria, mainly from Russia and ex-Soviet states. Most of these fighters are reportedly stationed in northwestern Idlib. The terrorist group, which is believed to be led by Abu Bakr Shishani, is known for its close ties with Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, the de-facto ruler of Greater Idlib.
According to RusVesna.SU, the Russian airstrikes eliminated dozens of AK terrorists, including a group of instructors from the North Caucasus. An ammunition depot and military equipment of the group were also destroyed.
The intense airstrikes were carried out by Su-24M warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces. The warplanes were armed with FAB-500 high-explosives bombs.
The airstrikes reflect Russia’s posture towards the terrorist groups in Syria and at the same time honor the sacrifices made by Russian forces in the war against terrorism.
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