A Russian airstrike wiped out on January 23 a large headquarters of al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its allies in the western Aleppo countryside.
Opposition activists released a video of the Russian pinpoint airstrike which destroyed most of the headquarters. A guided bunker buster bomb was likely used to take down the target.
Pro-government sources said that militants used to command operations and plot attacks on Aleppo’s city center from the headquarters, which is located in the vicinity of the town of Kfar Dael. Prior to the war, the building was a hotel known as Harsho.
The airstrike was one of more than 140 others which targeted the Greater Idlib region in the last 24 hours, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
The intense Syrian and Russian airstrikes on Greater Idlib, especially on western Aleppo suggest that the Syrian military may launch a ground operation there soon.