Russian Fighter Jets Kill 30 Militants in Syria’s Northwestern Province of Idlib
Russia says its anti-terror airstrikes this week in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib have killed at least 30 Takfiri terrorists, among them three prominent militant commanders.
In a statement released on Thursday, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Major General Igor Konashenkov, said that those slain were members of the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham terrorist group, formerly known as al-Nusra Front.
According to information from different intelligence sources, at least 30 terrorists were killed, he said, adding that the strikes were conducted by Sukhoi Su-33 combat jets, which took off from the Admiral Kuznetsov flagship aircraft carrier.
Admiral Kuznetsov was deployed from the Arctic to the eastern Mediterranean last month, joining around 10 other Russian vessels already off the Syrian coast. The aircraft carrier took part in combat operations in Syria for the first time earlier this week.
Konashenkov said Muhammad Helala, Abu Jaber Harmuja and Abul Baha al-Asfari were three well-known militant commanders killed in the Russian strikes, he added that Harmuja was preparing and carrying out a new offensive in Aleppo.
On Tuesday, Russia announced new air raids against foreign-backed terrorists in the Syrian provinces of Idlib and Homs.
Since March 2011, Syria has been hit by deadly militancy it blames on some Western states and their regional allies.
Russia has been conducting an aerial campaign against ISIS and other terrorist groups in the Middle Eastern country at the Damascus government's request since last September.
Separately on Thursday, at least 25 people lost their lives and 20 others were injured in a car bomb attack on an arms depot belonging to the Nureddin al-Zenki terror group in A'zaz on the northern outskirts of Aleppo, al-Masdar News website reported.
Some sources said that the assault was carried out by the Jabhat al-Shamiya terrorist group that has recently engaged in clashes with Nureddin al-Zenki.
However, AFP quoted an unidentified member of the Takfiri group as saying that the bombing bore the hallmarks of the Daesh terrorist group.
A'zaz is located near the Turkish border and is controlled by different militant groups, which frequently engage in fierce infighting, Press TV reported.
Source: Al Alam