Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, has posted photos purportedly showing Russian warplanes bombing locations in the Idlib and Hama provinces. Al Nusrah has also posted images of leaflets that were supposedly dropped in the Homs province. The leaflets, according to Al Nusrah, were authored by the Assad regime and intended to “discourage” Muslims during the bombing campaign.
According to published reports, Russia has bombed locations occupied by various insurgency groups, including US-backed rebels, as well as the Islamic State. Russia’s air campaign has hit those organizations that have taken territory from the Assad regime since the beginning of the year. The Jaysh al Fateh (“Army of Conquest”) coalition, which is led by Al Nusrah and its close ally, Ahrar al Sham, overran much of the Idlib province beginning in March. The alliance then pushed its way into the strategic Al Ghab plain, threatening Assad’s stronghold in the coastal province of Latakia, where the Russians are stationed.
The images posted by Al Nusrah on one of its official Twitter feeds can be seen below.
The two photos below allegedly show Russian warplanes mid-flight:
These photos purportedly show the aftermath of the Russian bombings:
Al Nusrah Front says the Assad regime dropped these leaflets in an attempt to “discourage” Syrians during the bombing campaign:
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