In the afternoon of December 27, Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) and the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) resumed their combat operations in the so-called Greater Idlib region.
According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), Syrian and Russian airstrikes targeted several towns in the southeastern Idlib countryside. The airstrikes also targeted the M5 highway, leading to the city of Ma`arat al-Nu`man.
Three days ago, a heavy rain storm forced the SyAAF and the VKS to halt their operations in Greater Idlib. Despite this the SAA held onto its newly-established positions there and even captured few new towns.
The resumption of Syrian and Russian aerial operation will not likely lead to new gains on the ground as Greater Idlib is still experiencing very bad weather conditions.
The bad weather conditions are expected to last for another week at least. During this period al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its allies may try to launch counter-attacks to regain the lost territories.