Russian Warplanes Trapped Hundreds Turkmen Fighters in Syria’s Latakia

Russian Warplanes Trapped Hundreds Turkmen Fighters in Syria’s Latakia
Tue Mar 15, 2016 13:41:41

The Russian Air Force trapped several hundred Turkmen militants inside the dense Furniluk Forests of northern Latakia after launching a series of airstrikes near the Turkish city of Yayladagi on Monday afternoon.

The Turkmen militants were caught by the Russian Air Force’s reconnaissance planes attempting to enter the Latakia Governorate from one of the Turkish border-crossings near Yayladagi.

Upon the entry of Jaysh Al-Turkmen and Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) into Syria, the Russian Air Force struck their convoy of vehicles in the Furniluk Forests, resulting in the rebel fighters scattering around the border in order to evade the powerful aerial assault.

When the Russian warplanes backed off, the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF) would launch their own airstrikes over the Furniluk Forests, keeping up the pressure on the trapped rebel fighters.

Making matters worse for the militants, the Syrian Arab Army’s 48th Special Forces Regiment – backed by the Syrian Resistance, the National Defense Forces (NDF), and the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) – carried out a ground assault on the final villages located before the Turkish border-crossing into the city of Yayladagi.

Currently, the Syrian Armed Forces are only 7.5 km away from the Turkish border-crossing at Yayladagi; however, 3 km of that distance is empty forests, AhlulBayt News Agency reported.

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