On August 27, warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces carried out a series of airstrikes on the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib where many terrorist groups are present and active.
The first wave of airstrikes targeted the town of al-Bara, while the second wave hit the outskirts of the town of Mjdlya. Both towns, which are located near the M4 highway in the southern countryside of Idlib, are tightly controlled by al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahir al-Sham (HTS).
— #الاعلامي _سامي _الحلبي (@iHHDYROQMHnphnS) August 27, 2021
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— IDLIB PLUS (@IdlibPlus) August 27, 2021
— 𖤓ᵂˢᴱᴱᴹ™𖤓🎭 1️⃣ (@WM_FREESYR) August 27, 2021
— أحمد عاصي (@ahmad_aassi1) August 27, 2021
— محمد العموري (@mohamedamory66) August 27, 2021
During the airstrikes, a ground-to-air missile was reportedly fired at a Russian manned reconnaissance aircraft. The missile exploded midair, kilometers away from the aircraft which carried out on with its mission.
Some Syrian opposition activists said that the missile was fired by HTS, the de-facto ruler of Greater Idlib. Others, however, claimed that the missile was launched by Turkish forces deployed in the southern Idlib countryside.
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— همام عيسى (@humam_isa) August 27, 2021
Last year, Turkish forces in Greater Idlib were caught red-handed while attempting to shot down a Russian warplane with a US-made FIM-92 Stinger man-portable air-defense system.
According to opposition activists, this was the fourth time a ground-to-air missile is launched at Russian warplanes operating over Greater Idlib this month. A similar incident was also reported last June.
The attempts to shot down Russian warplanes will not likely go unpunished. HTS, its allies and its backers are all responsible for these provocations in some way, or another. These provocations are destabilizing Greater Idlib and jeopardizing the ceasefire.
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