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Russian Warplanes Continue To Hammer Greater Idlib As Tensions Rise With Turkey (Video, Photos)

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Russian Warplanes Continue To Hammer Greater Idlib As Tensions Rise With Turkey (Video, Photos)

FILE PHOTO: Sukhoi Su-24 attack aircraft before departing for its permanent base in Russia from Khmeimim Air Base in Syria. © Vadim Grishankin / Sputnik

Russian warplanes continue to hammer the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib where Turkey maintains a large force.

Late on September 22, four Russian airstrikes hit the outskirts of the town of Benin in the southern countryside of Idlib. The airstrikes targeted frontline positions of al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the de-facto ruler of Greater Idlib, and its allies.

On September 23 morning, a new wave of Russian airstrikes hit greater Idlib. Three of the airstrikes targeted Benin outskirts, while three others targeted the town of Ma’arrat Misrin in the eastern Idlib countryside.

The Russian airstrikes were a response to violations of the ceasefire in Greater Idlib, which was brokered by Russia and Turkey on March 5 of last year.

According to the Russian Reconciliation Center in Syria, which is tasked with monitoring the ceasefire in the region, HTS carried out 29 attacks on September 22 alone. No casualties were reported.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to discuss the unstable situation in Greater Idlib with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on September 29. Turkey was recently blamed by Russia for not fulfilling its commitments under the March 5 agreement.

The meeting was scheduled following reports of a near Russian-backed operation led by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) against HTS and its allies in Greater Idlib.

A new report by Bloomberg revealed that Turkey had deployed addition forces in the Syrian region, where its military maintains more than 60 positions, in order to stop any operation by the SAA and its allies.

Recently, Turkey provoked Russia by claiming that the Russian State Duma elections held on the territory of Crimea were “illegitimate”. This may push Moscow to further pressure Ankara over the situation in Greater Idlib.

Damascus also appear to be growing impatient with Turkey’s occupation of northern Syria. In a recent interview with Sputnik, Syria’s Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad called on Turkey to pull its troops out from Syria and accused Ankara of inciting the recent escalation in Greater Idlib.

While the current escalation in Greater Idlib could develop into a serious military escalation, it is also possible that Russia and Turkey will be able to reach a new, better agreement to stabilize the region.


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Russia needs to end Turkeys occupation of Syria once and for all. Erdogans childish dream of a restored Ottoman Empire, with him as the Caliph of all Islam need to be stopped at once.


As I told Turkey has 1 week to withdraw its troops from Idlib


Told by who and when?




And if not 🚭

Corrupt shithole of Ukropisstan

Condolences to the fallen wahabimossad and CIAisis operators. May they rest in pieces…


As a bare minimum, Russia should pause the signing of a new contract of a new batch of S-400 delivery to the Turks, until there is a timetable for the dismantling of the 60 Turkish positions in Idlib and a full Turkish retreat from Syria.

Last edited 1 year ago by jimbim

This may happen if assad can control Kurdish terrorists bombingTurkish towns. From Syrian site

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