On September 25, warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) carried out at least five airstrikes on the Turkish-occupied northern Syrian area of Afrin.
The airstrikes targeted positions of the al-Shamiya Front located near the town of Bosoufane in the southern part of Afrin. Several militants of the Turkish-backed group were reportedly killed or wounded as a result of the airstrikes.
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ساعتی قبل جنگنده های ارتش روسیه مواضع تروریست های تحت حمایت رژیم ترکیه در روستاهای باصوفان و باصله واقع در منطقه اشغالی عفرین را بمباران کردند. pic.twitter.com/T66hThQl9i
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The Russian airstrikes were a response to an attack by Turkish-backed militants that targeted a post of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) located to the south of Afrin in early morning.
According to the Analytical Network News Agency, the attack was repelled by the SAA. At least five militants were killed. A Turkish-made HAR-66 anti-tank rocket propelled grenade was left behind by the attackers.
According “ANNA NEWS$ TFSA try to attack Syrian army somewhere near “Sogna”(can’t find this place). Syrian army saw them first and attack failed, militanats left some weapons behinde.. pic.twitter.com/ND6mM6I3J3
— ZOKA (@200_zoka) September 25, 2021
The VKS also responded to recent violations of the ceasefire agreement in Greater Idlib by targeting positions of al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its allies in diffident parts of the region.
Late on September 24, Russian warplanes bombed positions located in the outskirts of the town of Darat Izza in the western Aleppo countryside.
سلاح الجو الروسي يستهدف ريف حلب الغربي دارة عزة🇸🇾 ☠️✈️🇷🇺🔥 pic.twitter.com/RtJipXmIdI
— Иракский воин 13 (@13_r13) September 24, 2021
On September 25, Russian warplanes carried out more airstrikes on the region. More than 12 airstrikes hit the southern, western and eastern countryside of Idlib as well as the northwestern countryside of Hama and the northern Lattakia countryside.
روسيا 🇷🇺 تضرب الفوعة بالصواريخ الفراغية . pic.twitter.com/nJL02wxvdU
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— #الاعلامي _سامي _الحلبي (@iHHDYROQMHnphnS) September 25, 2021
سلاح الجو الروسي يستهدف بلدة عين شيب ريف إدلب الغربي 🇸🇾✈️🇷🇺🔥 pic.twitter.com/lDh3vcGik0
— Иракский воин 13 (@13_r13) September 25, 2021
— شبكة عاجل سوريا (@syria55s) September 25, 2021
In northern Lattakia, a militant who worked as a frontline observer was killed along with an Albanian jihadist as a result of Russian airstrikes.
Albanian Jihadist Fared Agha al-Alabani was also killed in the Russian airstrikes on northern Lattakia. pic.twitter.com/3kdRxfAD9w
— Within Syria (@WithinSyriaBlog) September 25, 2021
The SAA and its allies may soon launch a large-scale ground operation in Greater Idlib in order to reinforce the ceasefire agreement brokered by Russia and Turkey last year.
Ankara, who maintains a large, heavily-armed military force in the Syrian region, will likely take action to stop such an operation.
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