Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said jets from the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier are involved in the operation for the first time. The warship is located off Syria’s coast in the Mediterranean. Shoigu stressed that airstrikes are targeting ammunition depots, terrorists’ training camps and arms factories. Russian jets have been striking terrorists across Syria at the request of Damascus since September 30, 2015.
The Syrian Air Force destroyed up to 60 air strikes in northern Hama since Monday, destroying a number of armored vehicles, cars and fighting positions belonging to Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) and its allies. The main air strikes were reported north of Soran, Tal Hawash, Kafr Naboudah and Qasabiyah.