On January 18, the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) and the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) intensified their airstrikes on the outskirt of Aleppo city.
According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), Syrian and Russian warplanes carried out more than 21 airstrikes on the city’s western and southwestern outskirt.
The Beirut-based al-Mayadeen TV said that at least three Russian and Syrian airstrikes struck positions of al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in the town of al-Mansura.
The SyAAF and the VKS initiated their attack on terrorists’ positions near Aleppo city two days ago. Pro-government activists claim that these airstrikes are a part of ongoing preparations to launch a large-scale operation to secure the city’s outskirt.
In the last few weeks, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) amassed a large strike force in Aleppo. In spite of this, no ground attack has been launched, so far.
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