On August 21, warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) carried out a series of airstrikes on ISIS hideouts in central Syria.
According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the intense Russian airstrikes targeted the terrorist group’s hideouts in the Homs desert as well as in the al-Suwayda desert, to the south.
“Seven warplanes took part in the bombing campaign,” the monitoring group said in its report.
The VKS’ fierce airstrikes on ISIS in central Syria appear to be a response to the terrorist group’s recent attack on Russian troops.
The attack, which took place on August 18, killed Maj. Gen. Vyacheslav Gladkih and injured two other Russian service members.
ISIS confirmed its responsibility for the attack in a statement released by its news agency, Amaq, on August 20. The terrorist group said a Russian patrol operating between Homs and Deir Ezzor was hit by improvised explosive devices previously planted by its fighters.
The intense Russian airstrikes may help deter ISIS remnants in central Syria for the short term. Nevertheless, the group’s threat won’t end without more serious efforts on the ground.