Russian Aircraft Buzzing Over Idlib Ahead Expected Escalation In Northwestern Syria (Video)

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On November 18, an Il-20 reconnaissance plane and several unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) of the Russian Aerospace Forces conducted multiple sorties over radical militants positions in the northern Syrian governorate of Idlib, according to Syrian opposition sources.

The Il-20 is a signal and electronic intelligence plane, that is also equipped with a synthetic aperture radar (SAR) capable of taking radar images. Electro-optical systems were also installed in some planes of this type. The main task of the Il-20 is spying on the enemy’s communication and identifying its positions.

Local observers said that this number of sorties is unusual, as Russia has stepped down its aerial operations over Idlib after reaching the deconfliction agreement with Turkey. According to them, the reconnaissance sorties may be a part of ongoing preparations to resume military operations in the militant-held governorate.

Two days ago, Syrian and Lebanese sources reported that the SAA and its allies may soon launch a limited military operation around Idlib. According to the sources, the supposed operation will be a response to the repeated violation of the deconfliction agreement.

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  • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

    Very nice :))

  • Brother Ma

    Bring it on! Go Russia and Syria!

    • You can call me Al

      and Hezbollah and Iran and even the Palestinians.

  • Gary Sellars

    Go Russia, light them up. Lets hear that wonderful sizzle of roast jihadist, steaming in the afterglow of a thermobaric fireball. /inhale deeply

  • S Melanson

    The New NAI (National Army of Infighting – not quite what Erdogan had in mind) will stop the evil SAA in their tracks. Here is how it works. The SAA attack and advance on NAI positions, only to find them in a pitched battle because one of the faction leaders stole the rubber ducky of the other faction leader and have threatened to chop the head off the ducky. The other faction declare rubber ducky fatwa and they are now jihading each other.

    The SAA notice bleachers to watch the show and so stop and take their seats. Then wives of the head choppers and ducky choppers appear to sell them popcorn and refreshments. SAA offensive halted.

    • You can call me Al

      hehehe – that is some serious lateral thinking there S.

  • me again

    Hmm preparation for some land offensive or just checking out the implementation of peace plan signed with Erdogan? Operations in south east of Syria are ending and might be when they finish it completely Idlib is next. Mean while Russian Navy held some exercises of Syrian coast using anti sub ships, S-300, Polana and other new systems are integrated with Syrian air defense…I hope they are prepared and the destruction of NWO will start soon in Syria.