On July 9, warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) carried out a series of airstrikes on the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib in what appears to be a response to recent ceasefire violations.
Several airstrikes targeted hills surrounding the town of Kabani in the northern countryside of Lattakia. The town is an infamous stronghold of al-Qaeda factions, including Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS). The terrorist group is the de-facto ruler of Grater Idlib.
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An unspecified target in the outskirts of the town of Josef in the southeastern Idlib countryside was also targeted by Russian warplanes. HTS maintains a strong presence in this part of Greater Idlib.
غارة جوية روسية تستهدف حرش بلدة جوزف في ريف ادلب الجنوبي . pic.twitter.com/sHU6hrjDHD
— ميلاد فضل (@freeehsem) July 9, 2021
The results of the Russian airstrikes are yet to be revealed. HTS and its allies don’t acknowledge their losses in most cases.
The airstrikes were likely a response to recent ceasefire violations by HTS. Over the last 48 hours, the terrorist group shelled several government-held towns and villages in Greater Idlib with improvised rockets and artillery.
Turkey, which is responsible for implementing the ceasefire agreed upon on March 5 of last year, is doing nothing whatsoever to hold HTS and its allies accountable. In fact, some of the recent ceasefire violations were carried out with weapons supplied by Ankara.
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