For the second time within a few hours, warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces carried out a series of airstrikes on terrorists’ positions in the southern Idlib countryside.
The airstrikes, which occurred in the afternoon of April 26, targeted positions and vehicles of terrorist groups near the towns of Hirsh al-Qasabin, Hirsh Abdin, Tramla, Hizareen, Hobait and Kafr Nabl.
These airstrikes are apparently a response to the recent rocket attack on the Russian Hmeimim airbase on the Syrian coast. The attack was carried out by the “Wa Harid al-Muminin” operations room, a coalition of al-Qaeda-affiliated groups that was formed in Idlib last year.
Under the Russian-Turkish demilitarized zone agreement, that was reached last September, no terrorist group is allowed to have any presence within a 15-20km reduce around Idlib. Any attack on Syrian or Russian forces is also strictly forbidden.
Turkey has failed to implement its commitments within the agreement so far. Terrorist groups, likes the ones involved in the Wa Harid al-Muminin operation room, are still active inside and around Idlib. In fact, the influence of these terrorist groups is growing rapidly.
Russian President’s Special Envoy to Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev, stressed a day earlier that the Russian airstrikes on Idlib terrorists will continue. However, local observers believe that the situation in the northern governorate needs a more comprehensive military solution.