At least 30 Jabhat al-Nusra (new brand: Jabhat Fatah al-Sham) terrorists, including three field commanders, were killed by raids of Su-33 fighter jets from Admiral Kuznetsov’s deck in the Syrian province of Idlib.
“As a result of strikes delivered by Su-33 carrier-based fighter jets and air group of the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, a large gang of the Jabhat al-Nusra group was destroyed in the province of Idlib,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on November 17.
The Russian Defense Ministry representative described the operation as a “major blow” against the terrorist group. Al-Nusra commanders Muhammad Helala, Abu Jaber Harmuja and Abul Baha Al-Asfari were killed in air raids.
“Eliminated field commander Abul Baha al-Asfari was in charge of uniting the remaining reserves of Jabhat al-Nusra groupings in the provinces of Aleppo and Hama, as well as of planning and carrying out another militant attack on Aleppo,” Konashenkov said.
On November 15, Russia’s Admiral Kuznetsov heavy aircraft-carrying missile cruiser for the first time took part in a large-scale military operation, targeting terrorist targets in Homs and Idlib provinces as Su-33 fighter jets began sorties from its deck.