The Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) have targeted militants preparing to attack Turkish forces in Syria’s northern region, RusVesna.SU revealed on April 30.
According to the outlet, the VKS quickly took action after receiving information indicating that the militants were about to launch two attacks on Turkish forces in the northern countryside of Aleppo and the northern Raqqa countryside.
Russian warplanes bombed the militants who were gathered near the town of Shuarghat al-Arz in northern Aleppo and Khurbat al-Ruzz in northern Raqqa.
The militants were targeted with several FOTAB 100-80 flash bombs, which are designed to produce an instant intense bright flash.
The FOTAB bomb has a burning time of 2.2 to 3.5 minutes and a light intensity of 22,000 to 700,000 candlepower. The bombs’ strong flash disputed the militants’ combat capabilities without harming Turkish forces, which were stationed nearby.
The Russian airstrikes were reported by Syrian opposition sources. However, some sources mistook the flash bombs for air-to-air missiles.
The airstrikes coincided with another VKS operation, during which six hostile drones were shot down and a number of high-value targets in northwestern Hama were destroyed.
In its report, RusVesna noted that radical groups, like Horas al-Din and Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, stepped up their attacks on Turkish forces and Turkish-backed militants in the last few days. The failure of these forces was behind the recent intervention by the VKS.
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