How Russian warplanes stalk jihadists in Idlib after attack on Hmeimim Airport

Jihadist step up operations against Syrian Army amid increased tensions

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The Russian Air Force conducted several low-altitude flights over the Idlib Governorate on Saturday night till very early morning of Sunday, a military source in neighboring Hama told Al-Masdar News.

The Russian warplanes stalked the jihadist forces along the southern and western countrysides of Idlib, as they conducted mock raids over the militant positions, the source said. The source said the Russian Air Force’s mock raids were conducted in response to the jihadist attacks on the Latakia Governorate earlier, which resulted in a failed attempt to strike the Hmeimim Airbase near the coastal city of Jableh.

On Saturday evening, the jihadist rebels of the “Rouse the Believers” operation room launched several Grad rockets into the Latakia Governorate. This attack not only targeted the Hmeimim Airbase, but also several areas around the coastal governorate of Latakia.

No one was reportedly killed or wounded as a result of this jihadist attack; however, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) would later response by unleashing a barrage of missiles and artillery shells towards the jihadist positions.

Saturday’s attempted attack on the Hmeimim Airbase marked the first time since March that the jihadist rebels have targeted this imperative installation in Latakia.

On Sunday, the jihadist rebels “Rouse the Believers” launched a new raid targeted at the Russian-backe Syrian Army positions in the Al-Ghaab Plain region of northwestern Hama.

They launched an attack on the Syrian Army’s defenses at the town of Al-Tanjarah, resulting in a number of casualties for the SAA. The jihadist group was able to seize some points during the attack, but later withdrew when reinforcements from the Syrian Arab Army arrived to drive them back from the area.

The increased aggression by both the Syrian Arab Army and jihadist rebels comes at a time of heightened tensions between the two sides, especially over the terms of the March 5th Moscow Agreement.

Per the agreement, the militant forces are supposed to withdraw six kilometres north of the M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia Highway); however, they have refused to leave their points south of this roadway.

In response, the Syrian Army has become increasingly aggressive in Jabal Al-Zawiya, launching several attacks on the jihadist points to force them to reconsider.

All of this has culminated in an upsurge of violence, which has recently spiraled out of control due to the warring parties sending a large number of reinforcements to this volatile front in northwestern Syria.

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