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Russian, Syrian Warplanes Rain Hell On Militant Positions In Southern Idlib

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Russian, Syrian Warplanes Rain Hell On Militant Positions In Southern Idlib

A Russian Su-24 takes off on a combat mission at Hemeimeem airbase, Syria, on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. IMAGE: AP PHOTO/VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV

On September 12 afternoon, Russian and Syrian warplanes carried out a series of airstrikes on militants’ positions in the southern Idlib countryside.

According to opposition sources, the airstrikes targeted the towns of Sufuhon, Hizareen, Maarzita, Jbala as well as the vicinity of the city of Ma`arat al-Nu`man.

A few hours earlier, warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces carried out two airstrikes on militants’ positions along Syria’s border with Turkey. A day before, several Russian airstrikes targeted positions in northern Idlib.

These repeated airstrikes indicate that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) may be planning to resume its military operations in Greater Idlib soon.

Syria and Russia announced a new ceasefire in Greater Idlib in late August. However, al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham and its allies continued their attacks on Syrian and Russian forces.

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