2712070 10/04/2015 Russian servicemen attach a Kh-25 high-precision missile to a Su-24 aircraft at the Khmeimim airbase in Syria. Dmitriy Vinogradov/RIA Novosti
On February 8, the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) and the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) resumed their combat operations in northwest Syria, targeting militants’ positions in Idlib and Aleppo.
According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the airstrikes targeted the towns of Kafr Nouran, Kafr Hamrah, Khan al-Asal and the 46th Brigade Base in the western Aleppo countryside as well as the town of Taftanaz in the eastern countryside of Idlib.
A heavy rain storm affected northwest Syria two days ago, forcing the SyAAF and the VKS to halt their operations in the region.
Despite the lack of close air support, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) advanced in southeast Idlib and southwest Aleppo. The army captured dozens of towns and villages, including al-Eis.
The SAA is now advancing along the Damascus-Aleppo highway, officially known as the M5. The SyAAF and VKS will likely boost the army’s already rapid advance.