Jihadist rebels attempt to attack Russian airbase in western Syria
[ALMASDARNEWS] The jihadist rebels in the northeastern countryside of the Latakia Governorate attempted to attack the Russian Hmeimim Airbase on Saturday, a Syrian military source told al-Masdar News.

According to the source, the jihadist rebels attempted to attack the Hmeimim Airbase using their long-range missiles; however, they were unsuccessful.

The Syrian military source added that the Russian air defenses were able to shoot down all of the missiles before they could reach the Hmeimim Airbase.

This latest attack by the jihadist rebels marked the third time this past week that they have attempted to strike the Hmeimim Airbase with either long-range missiles or assault drones.

The Russian Air Force has often responded to these attacks by launching Arclight airstrikes over the jihadist-held territories, but due to the recent temporary ceasefire in Idlib, they refrained from striking.

The ceasefire was ultimately short-lived, however, as both the jihadist rebels and Syrian Arab Army (SAA) traded attacks on Saturday.

Posted by: Fred 2019-05-20