On December 12, warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces carried out a number of airstrikes on the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib.
The airstrikes hit militants’ positions in the outskirts of the town of Kabani in the northern Lattakia countryside and the town of Halluz in the southwestern countryside of Idlib.
Kabani is the stronghold for many terrorist groups, including Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, the Turkistan Islamic Party and Ajnad al-Kavkaz. From the town, militants launch drone and rocket attacks at Syrian military positions and Russia’s Hmeimim Air Base on the Syrian coast on a regular basis.
A day earlier, a combat drone, reportedly Russian, struck two militants’ posts near the town of Sufuhon in the southern Idlib countryside.
These strikes were likely a response to recent provocations by Greater Idlib militants. The ceasefire in the region, that was brokered by Russia and Turkey on March 5, appears to be on the brink of collapse.
Turkish forces have been increasing their presence in Greater Idlib. At the same time, the Syrian Arab Army and its allies have been deploying reinforcements in the region.
Any new military confrontation in Greater Idlib will likely see government troops attempting to liberate the M4 highway. The strategic highway links the port city of Lattakia with Aleppo city, the country’s industrial hub.
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